Fire wreaks destruction on UCT

Parts of the Rhodes Memorial and a restaurant on the slopes of Devil's Peak have already been destroyed

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The fire began early on Sunday near a memorial to Cecil Rhodes, located on Devils Peak, another part of Cape Town's mountainous backdrop, before spreading rapidly up the slopes.

Four helicopters are water-bombing the flames.

"It is tragic that literary treasures have been lost at UCT library, but I have been informed that some of the most valuable works were saved by the quick activation of roller doors", Plato said.

Three firefighters were hospitalized with serious burns, said J.P. Smith, a Cape Town security official.

Capetownetc.com reported that the university's library had been reduced to "ash and dust".


A first alert went up shortly before 9:00 am (0700 GMT), city authorities said.

"All UCT students don comot from campus", di university tok inside statement wey dem release. Windy conditions, a regular weather feature on the Cape Peninsula, caused the fire to spread and cross the M3 highway, which connects downtown Cape Town to the southern suburbs.

"The fire is currently out of control and we request that all onlookers please refrain from entering the area and keep the area clear for emergency vehicles to pass. People in the Newlands and Rhodes Memorial area must evacuate now".

Mostert's Mill is among the heritage sites destroyed by the wildfire on Sunday.

In another video, tweeted by the local government, flames are seen raging inside an old building lined with columns as smoke plumes rose from its roof.

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