Sunday, May 16, 2021

Cape Town residents in South Africa evacuated over fire outbreak



South African emergency workers have evacuated three 17-storey residential buildings overlooking Cape Town as a huge fire burns along Table Mountain.

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

The University of Cape Town’s historic library was also badly damaged.

About 250 firefighters have been battling the blaze, which has been fanned by strong winds.

The Table Mountain area is prone to fires because of its vegetation, but this is the first time it has engulfed the neighbouring university.

City officials said a suspect had been detained amid speculation that new fires may have been started and the original fire was an act of arson.