The sheer severity of the Table Mountain fire has caused a great deal of concern for major institutions across the Mother City – with officials at the University of Cape Town (UCT) having to act fast to evacuate their students on Sunday. A chaotic afternoon in Cape Town has seen a wildfire ravage the base of Devil’s Peak, closing off roads in the process.
Hikers have been forced to leave the area, as fire crews work tirelessly to contain the inferno. The M3 is a no-go area at the moment – much like the UCT campuses. Within the last hour, student halls have had to be completely cleared out.
– Residential halls have been evacuated, with the fire wreaking havoc on the upper campuses.
– Smuts Hall, Fuller Hall, and residencies situated near the Rhodes Memorial were the first to get cleared out.
– There are fears that the fire could engulf the biology labs, leading to a potential explosion.
– The Law Buildings are also at risk from the spread of this inferno
– UCT officials posted this latest update just moments ago, confirming that all students have been removed from harm’s way.
“All students have been evacuated from campus by emergency service support staff. We’ve taken them to pre-determined locations. We will continue to work with SANParks and the City of Cape Town to extinguish this blaze,” UCT statement.
— Toni Murphy (@ToniCM9) April 18, 2021
— Kemmie🖤 (@05_kemmie) April 18, 2021
The Rhodes Memorial restaurant at the Table Mountain in Cape Town has caught alight following raging fires that engulfed Table Mountain on Sunday morning.
The M3 inbound between Rhodes Drive and Union Avenue is closed to Traffic as well as access roads from Woolsack Drive and Princess Ann Ave into the M3.
— Athi Mtongana (@Artii_M) April 18, 2021