The City of Cape Town will continue efforts to contain the fire currently threatening infrastructure in the city bowl, as well as the University of Cape Town (UCT), well into the night. 

This according to the latest update on firefighting efforts from the City’s Fire and Rescue spokesperson Jermaine Carelse, who said that a second firefighter has also been hospitalised with injuries sustained while tackling the blaze

Cape Town fire continues into the night  

In a statement released to the press at 21:30 on Sunday night, Carelse said that a plethora of emergency services have been mobilised to assist in containing the fire, which has already damaged property near the foot of Table Mountain. 

“Fire crews are expected to work throughout the night on the scene of the mountain fire behind UCT,” he said. 

Carelse said that as of Sunday evening, the City has more than 150 of its firefighters on scene from various stations across the metropole, working alongside the Table Mountain National Parks staff, Working on Fire and the Volunteer Wildfire Services.

“At this stage the fire is not yet under control,” he said. 

Second firefighter hospitalised  

Carelse added that that aerial firefighting support will resume “at first light”. 

He also delivered the concerning news that a second firefighter has been taken to hospital after sustaining injuries. Earlier on Sunday it was reported that a firefighter had sustained serious burns as they tried to assist in containing the fire that has already ripped through the UCT library and is currently threatening more infrastructure in surrounding areas. 

“Thus far, buildings affected include a section of the restaurant at Rhodes Memorial, Mostert Mill and two thatched roof dwellings near Woolsack Drive, along with the HM Pearson, Fuller and Jagger Library buildings,” he said. 

The Ciry said earlier on Sunday night that the M3 inbound and outbound is closed between Hospital Bend and Rhodes Drive, with Phillip Kgosana Drive inbound closed at Hospital Bend.

Princess Ann Avenue is closed between the Main Road and the M3. Woolsack Drive is closed between Main Road and the M3.

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Presh JM Reporter

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