An 'out of control' fire has broken out in Cape Town's Table Mountain National Park, prompting evacuations, according to South African officials. More than 120 firefighters are battling the massive blaze.
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More than 120 firefighters are battling the massive blaze, and four helicopters have been deployed to help with the efforts, according to a media release shared by a Twitter account associated with the park.South Africa's tourism business struggles to hold on with few tourists in sight"The fire created its own wind that further increased the rate of spread. The excessive amount of smoke and related updrafts made it impossible for the aerial support to slow the rate of spread," the park added.The statement said the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant had burnt down and"the fire has also spread to the veld above the University of Cape Town upper campus."@News24 caught Rhodes memorial restaurant explosion from the fire on the mountain #fireonthemountain pic.twitter.com/txwIWVDOyU
— Claire Berzen (@Claire30184787) April 18, 2021 One woman in the park said she was"trying to outrun the fire" in a video posted on Twitter, which showed a plume of smoke in the background. In a later tweet, Lisette Lombard said she was safe but her car had been"destroyed." Read More"Never have I experienced a fire that spread so unpredictably fast. I have so much respect for our firefighters," she added.Heavy smoke rises from Table Mountain in Cape Town.The cause of the fire, which broke out on the slope of Table Mountain on Sunday morning is unknown, Jermaine Carelse, spokesperson for Cape Town Fire and Rescue told CNN.Authorities were notified around 8:45 a.m. local (2.45 a.m. ET) and are currently fighting the fire, which is being fanned by wind, Carelse said.Hikers were told to evacuate from the area.The fire spread from the vicinity of Philip Kgosana Drive, which borders table Mountain National Park, to the Rhodes Memorial continuing further towards University of Cape Town buildings, Carelse said.Earlier on Sunday, the National Park's Twitter account requested that onlookers"refrain from entering the area and keep the area clear for emergency vehicles to pass" as the fire was"out of control."Fire in cape town fire men injured, fire near UCT pic.twitter.com/kWgqJjjw0tRead more: CNN Breaking News »
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Table Mountain wildfire in South Africa threatens University of Cape TownWildfire on the slopes of South Africa's Table Mountain forces University of Cape Town students to evacuate, as runaway flames set several campus buildings ablaze and firefighters used helicopters to water-bomb the area. 2021's had a rough time getting up on its feet. use the chemical bombs that grow to the flame its a foam bomb man they work for real Egads. Hope everyone stays safe and get the fire out asap.
University of Cape Town student describes fire as 'apocalyptic, like a scene from a movie'The comments came after a set of wildfires ignited over parts of South Africa's Table Mountain in Cape Town and eventually spread to the university's campus. Terrible news for South African archive and the world
Evacuations, damage as raging wildfire spreads in Cape TownResidents are being evacuated from Cape Town neighborhoods after a huge fire spreading on the slopes of the city’s famed Table Mountain set several university buildings ablaze, including a nearly 200-year-old library. Hi, are you need a professional website designer & Developer for business. I brought a web programmer at the supply price. If you like service then follow me “Slopes” is a racist term. Please remove this description. StopAsianHate
Cape Town fire burns university library, students evacuatedA wildfire raging on the slopes of Cape Town's Table Mountain spread to the University of Cape Town, burning the historic campus library and forcing the evacuation of students Sunday. Respectfully ABC, we need coverage and looting endorsed by an elected official. Don't try to distract us. Keep your eye on the ball ok What in the world? Damn
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