A devastating fire on Table Mountain threatens the University of Ce Town


The fire that broke out in Ce Town this morning damaged property and historic buildings, a firefighter was injured and Ce Town University students were evacuated, according to government agencies.

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The fire that broke out in Ce Town this morning damaged property and historic buildings, a firefighter was injured and Ce Town University students were evacuated, according to government agencies.

Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) confirmed that the location of the fire was immediately above Philip Kgosana Drive.

The city of Ce Town confirmed after their first investigation that the origin of the fire lies in a tramp fire that had become free. One of the main contributors to the rate of spread was the very old pine trees and their debris, he added.

“The fire created its own wind, which further increased the rate of spread. The excessive amount of smoke and the associated updrafts made it impossible for air support to slow the rate of spread, ”said Philip Prins, TMNP Fire Manager.

TMNP and the City of Ce Town currently have four helicopters in the areas. There are numerous other water tankers and fire trucks on-site that are managed between TMNP and the city.

“It can be confirmed that, unfortunately, the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant burned down. The fire has also spread to the steppe above the University of Ce Town (UCT) upper campus and areas below the M3. The streets were closed, “it said.

The fire spread to the steppe above the UCT, forcing the university to evacuate as strong winds caused the fire to spread.

“All UCT students were evacuated from campus by emergency medical services personnel. We took them to designated locations, ”the university said on its social media page.

Ce City Mayor Dan Plato noted that a firefighter was being treated in the hospital for burn wounds.

“Property such as private homes, the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant and historic buildings such as Mostert’s Hill windmill have been damaged,” said the mayor.

“It is tragic that literary treasures have been lost in the UCT library, but I have been informed that the quick activation of roller doors saved some of the most valuable works,” added Plato.

The public is doing everything it can to help students, firefighters and anyone affected by the fire. There were plenty on social media, and many even offered those affected their homes as accommodation.

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