Watch | Table Mountain fire: UCT students evacuated, blaze reaches campus

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.

UCT latest news – students evacuate halls on Sunday

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

Watch: Table Mountain fire burns through UCT

Table Mountain fire – updates for Sunday 18 April

The City of Cape Town relayed some vital information within the last hour, explaining how exactly the fire began. The now-raging inferno has already destroyed a facility at the Rhodes Memorial, as water bombing operations continue.

“At about 8:45 the City’s Fire and Rescue Service was alerted to a vegetation fire above Philip Kgosana Drive. Fire crews were immediately dispatched to the scene, with the fire currently spreading from Rhodes Memorial toward UCT.”

“A section of the tea room at Rhodes Memorial has been destroyed and people are urged not to enter the area. More resources are currently on their way to assist. These include teams from Working on Fire and Table Mountain National Park. Three choppers are also water bombing.”

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Presh JM Reporter

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