The cliffs set ablaze over Newlands on Sunday, destroying the famous Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and spreading further towards the university, the city and the university announced on Twitter on Sunday.
More than 120 firefighters and five helicopter crews equipped to fight the fires fought for hours against the flames. Two firefighters were injured during the operation.
The university campus was also affected
Late on a Sunday afternoon, the fire spread to the campus and destroyed several buildings and a library with rare and historical books. Hundreds of students living on campus have been evacuated, she added. In addition, the oldest windmill in South Africa, the Mostertz Mill, built in 1796, has burned down. The authorities have called for the area popular with residents and visitors to be evacuated immediately.
According to rescue services, the fire broke out on Sunday morning. She added that the cause of the fire may have been a campfire set by a homeless person. Table Mountain is one of Cape Town’s landmarks, as it is under the protection of nature. Severe fires are common in the dry season in South Africa. (SDA)
Publication date: April 18, 2021, 8:51 pm
Last update: April 18, 2021, 8:57 pm