Firefighters try, in vain, to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town, after a forest fire came down the foothills of Table Mountain, setting university buildings alight in Cape Town, on 18 April 2021.
The blaze has also destroyed part of a cafe at the Rhodes Memorial overlooking the city's port.
A student residence, a library and the music school at the University of Cape Town were damaged, and students who'd been evacuated were accommodated at hotels in the city.
Four helicopters were being used to drop water on threatened areas, officials said.
SANParks, which operates South Africa's national parks, said initial investigation indicated a homeless person started the fire accidentally.
The City of Cape Town said the fire is spreading from Rhodes Memorial towards UCT.
One firefighter was injured and being treated at a hospital, according to the Cape Town fire and rescue department.
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Capetownetc.com reported that the university's library had been reduced to "ash and dust" and that the 200-year-old Mostert's Mill windmill at Mowbray had also been destroyed. 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.
Social media footage showed students milling around on the main road, amid billowing smoke fanned by strong winds.
"The situation is being monitored and staff will go door-to-door in the event that evacuation is required", officials said.
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