Fire wreaks destruction on UCT

Fire fighters dey try quench di fire fir di Table Mountain

In a statement, UCT management says the fire has reached the upper campus and that it is not safe for anyone to be in buildings or surrounding areas.

Di first building di fire burn na part of one restaurant, Rhodes Memorial.

The fire partially destroyed the University of Cape Town's Jagger Library and the historic Mostert's Mill. Windy conditions, a regular weather feature on the Cape Peninsula, caused the fire to spread and cross the M3 highway, which connects downtown Cape Town to the southern suburbs.

City of Cape Town Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said fire crews were alerted at 08:45 to a vegetation fire above Philip Kgosana Drive.

Authorities at the scene of the fire in UCT.

Fire-fighting teams teams from Working on Fire and Table Mountain National Park were deployed to fight the blaze. More resources are now on their way to assist firefighting efforts.

Fire fighters dey try quench di fire fir di Table Mountain
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More than 100 firefighters were sent to battle the blaze and two were hospitalised for treatment after sustaining burns, officials said.

Four helicopters are also water bombing.

The Rhodes Memorial restaurant has been damaged, and people have been advised to evacuate the area.

"The fire is now out of control and we request that all onlookers please refrain from entering the area and keep the area clear for emergency vehicles to pass". We will continue to work with & support Sanparks & the City of Cape Town to extinguish this fire.

The blaze spread quickly after breaking out on Sunday morning near a memorial to politician Cecil Rhodes.