Fire rages on foothills of Cape Town's Table Mountain

Fire rages on foothills of Cape Town's Table Mountain

The City of Cape Town firefighting service as well as teams from SANParks and Working on Fire are on the scene already.' " He said authorities on the ground would inform all members of the public immediately should the situation get more serious.

Three helicopters joined the fight, dumping water on the inferno, they added.

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The blaze has destroyed part of a cafe at the Rhodes Memorial, the BBC reported.

The Jagger Library was almost 200 years old and housed an original illustration of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book as well as drawings, maps and transcripts of stories from the indigenous peoples of the Cape within its collection.

The historic Mostert's Mill was also destroyed.

Firefighters douse a burning building at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Heavy smoke could be seen from miles away and some roads were closed on Sunday.

Firefighters were first alerted at 08:45 local time (06:45 GMT).

Table Mountain National Park has requested all hikers in the Newlands and Rhodes Memorial areas to evacuate with immediate effect.

In a statement, UCT management says the fire has reached the upper campus and that it is not safe for anyone to be in buildings or surrounding areas. 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.

People who were in the area and city residents have been uploading footage of the blaze.

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