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Cape Town firefighters battled through the night to bring a runaway veldfire on Table Mountain under control. The fire engulfed Rhodes Memorial, gutted parts of the University of Cape Town and destroyed iconic Cape Town landmarks.

2021-04-19 08:40:00 AM

Cape Town firefighters battled through the night to bring a runaway veldfire on Table Mountain under control. The fire engulfed Rhodes Memorial, gutted parts of the University of Cape Town and destroyed iconic Cape Town landmarks. | MarvinCharles_

Cape Town firefighters battled through the night to bring a runaway veldfire on Table Mountain under control. The fire engulfed Rhodes Memorial, gutted parts of the University of Cape Town and destroyed iconic Cape Town landmarks.

The City of Cape Town's Disaster Risk Management Centre (DRMC) spokesperson Charlotte Powell said city staff continued to help coordinate the humanitarian response.Powell on Sunday confirmed that UCT students in residences on campus were evacuated, and should private residences need to be evacuated,"DRMC will go door-to-door in affected areas to assist residents".

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She said residents have been advised to keep doors and windows closed to keep out smoke caused by the fire.A helicopter gathers water to battle the veldfire that raged from Rhodes Memorial towards the University of Cape Town on Sunday 18 April 2021. Photo: Glen Jones

Supplied Supplied (Instagram/@glenjonesphotos)The City of Cape Town's Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson Jermaine Carelse said two firefighters were injured and rushed to hospital."At present, the City has more than 150 of its firefighters on the scene from various stations across the metropole, working alongside the Table Mountain National Park staff, Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services. At this stage, the fire is not yet under control. Aerial firefighting support will resume at first light," Carelse said on Sunday evening. headtopics.com

Firefighters battle the veldfire that raged from Rhodes Memorial on Sunday 18 April 2021. Photo: Glen JonesSmoke hovered over parts of Cape Town on Sunday as firefighters battled a veldfire that raged from Rhodes Memorial towards the University of Cape Town on 18 April 2021. Photo: Glen Jones

Smoke hovered over parts of Cape Town on Sunday as firefighters battled a veldfire that raged from Rhodes Memorial towards the University of Cape Town on 18 April 2021. Photo: Glen JonesAnxiousUCT emergency staff member and student Siya Ntuntwana told News24 students started seeing helicopters flying over the campus and were curious as to what was going on.

"Students went out to see what's happening and we realised the fire was coming closer to us. We told students to close the windows because we have curtains and it would have been a disaster. The fire caught the tennis court at the back and the pine trees."

He said some rooms at the residences were damaged."There are many structures damaged at the university. Some of the students are staying at the graduate business school and hotels and some have volunteers who offered to house them for now."Ntuntwana said the students were very anxious. headtopics.com

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He added:Many are panicking and stressing, many are on medication. We are trying to mitigate the situation.Another student Molemo Molefe, who lives near the university, said her apartment started filling up with smoke, making it difficult to breathe."There was a bit of disarray because the students didn't know where to go and they didn't know what will happen."

'I heard two explosions'Lisette Lombard, who is a frequent hiker at Newlands Forest, told News24 it took the fire only a second to wreak havoc."I walked up and saw a small fire and it was far. The next minute after I took a photo the fire started spreading and I had a huge fright when I realised my car was going to burn out.

"I heard two explosions as I was running down, and I thought it was my car. The fire was in front of me, and I had to run away from it," she added. Read more: News24 »

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