Table Mountain catches fire fiercely, a series of works burned down

A wildfire broke out on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain in the city of Cape Town, South Africa, then quickly spread to the city's university and set fire to the library.

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According to the New York Times, the fire broke out at around 9:00 am on April 18 (local time). The fire started on the east side of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa, local officials said.

The combination of power winds, low humidity and lots of dry shrubs caused the wildfire to spread rapidly. Heavy winds also make firefighting difficult, as helicopters have no access to fires.

"Helicopters cannot fly if the winds are too strong and visibility is low, but we will still make a full assessment. Today will be a very difficult day," said Anton Bredell, environmental and development planning manager of the regional government of the Western Cape - with the capital is Cape Town - said.

The massive fire spread rapidly towards the Rhodes Memorial and the Cape Town University area. Mostert windmill, built in 1796, has been severely damaged by fire.

The library building of the University of Cape Town - home to many important historical documents - also caught fire. "Some of our precious collections have been burned, but a full evaluation can be made only after the work is declared safe," said Ujala Satgoor, Library Operations Manager of Cape Town University Institute, said in a statement.

A spokesperson for the University of Cape Town said about 4,000 students had to be evacuated from the university dormitories to ensure safety. Cape Town University will be closed, at least until April 20.

About 250 firefighters and helicopters were dispatched to put out the fire. However, because the fire was so large, it would take at least two more days before the fire could be controlled.

Authorities had to ask people in dangerous areas to evacuate, and residents were advised to close the doors to avoid smog. On the evening of April 18, police arrested a man about 30 years old for being involved in the fire, according to the New York Times.

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