By Kaya 959 News
The University of Cape Town has suspended all classes for Monday and Tuesday.
This follows a blaze which broke out at the institution which damaged at least three buildings.
This means that no classes, tutorial, lab work or tests will take place.
This will allow the university a chance to assess the situation.
Emergency accommodation arranged for students
Meanwhile, UCT is arranging emergency accommodation for students evacuated from residences.
“We are, of course, deeply concerned about the impact that these unforeseen circumstances have had on students and staff who had to be evacuated, said UCT spokesperson, Elijah Moholola,
Cause of fire investigated
Officials believe the fire was started by a vagrant, but there are also concerns that the blaze could be the result of arson.
A man was reportedly taken into custody on Sunday night in the Devil’s Peak area.
He was allegedly spotted by a resident who apprehended him with the help of his sons and the family’s dogs.
Police are investigating.
Social media users have been sharing pictures and stories about the fire.
Many also thanked firefighters for their hard work.
— Darth Satyr – Jaco ?️??? (@DarthSatyr) April 19, 2021
— CwayitaKosi.blog (@CwayitakosiB) April 19, 2021
Mostert’s Mill before and after. The historic windmill in Mowbray, Cape Town was built in 1796. It was the oldest surviving windmill in South Africa. Qamata sicel’ imvula. ???@SANParks #capetown #capetownfires pic.twitter.com/P0Aq9EWXlR
— Asanda Sizani (@AsandaSizani) April 19, 2021
Seen: Our team transporting the next load of hot meals to Groote Schuur residences as the students arrive in buses.
— Gift of the Givers (@GiftoftheGivers) April 19, 2021
If you work in the CBD and surrounds, DON'T go into the office today. Keep the roads clear for firefighters, volunteers and those who may need to evacuate. #CapeTownFires / #capetownfire pic.twitter.com/P5x4faM4Uq
— It's a-me, Brandon! (@i_likebrandon) April 19, 2021
— Snow ? (@equalizer_69) April 19, 2021
Mayor Dan Plato noted that one firefighter was being treated for burn wounds in hospital, as efforts to contain the fire continue. Property including private homes, Rhodes Memorial restaurant and historical structures such as the Mostert’s Hill windmill have been damaged. #CTNews pic.twitter.com/O2VLTKP9x5
— City of Cape Town (@CityofCT) April 18, 2021