No fewer than nine buildings have been destroyed in a bushfire on the slopes of the world heritage site Table Mountain National Park in South Africa.
The fire that raged out of control in strong winds on Sunday also caused extensive damage to the University of Cape Town.
TOS News gathered that the fire still has not been doused on Monday.
The inferno destroyed part of the restaurant next to a monument to British colonist Cecil Rhodes, houses and several buildings of the prestigious Cape Town University below, including the library.
This has led to exodus of hundreds of students from their residences, walking along the main road to escape the smoke to find shelter.
A statement by the university’s Jagger Library Executive Director Ujala Satgoor, said “we can confirm the Reading Room is completely gutted and thankfully the fire detection system in place triggered the fire shutters, thereby preventing the spread of the fire to other parts of the Library. Some of our valuable collections have been lost, however, a full assessment can only be done once the building has been declared safe and we can enter the building.”
Firefighters had received the first alert shortly before 09:00am local time on Sunday. Reinforcements were deployed and three helicopters were assisting in the efforts, dropping water packs on the flames. At least four firefighters have been injured with burns while their colleagues continued to fight the fire.
The Table Mountain National Park as a precaution measure had asked in the morning, including on social networks, to hikers to evacuate the area immediately and motorists to pick up their vehicles parked nearby.