Reports have emerged that a suspected arsonist has been arrested on Sunday night in connection with the fire currently engulfing the foothills of Cape Town’s Table Mountain.
Various agencies responding to the devastating blaze that tore through a number of buildings – including the UCT library – on Sunday afternoon have claimed that the fire was started by “vagrants”. The Table Mountain National Park team have sine suggested that there are three separate fires causing firefighters trouble, and that they are confident that at least one of these was started “deliberately”.
TMNP INSIST FIRES STARTED ‘DELIBERATELY’
Table Mountain National Park’s Philip Prins said that the latest blaze was certainly no accidental occurrence.
“Some of the crews are going to work a bit later and then be replaced with other crews. The area where we stand now is where noter fire started over an hour ago above De Wall Drive. There are three areas burning, and this was definitely started deliberately. We had to pull resources from the other fire and with assistance of the City we just contained these three areas,” he said.
“This fire is definitely not an extension of the other fire, it’s too far away. It’s dead quiet, and there is no wind so it couldn’t be ‘spotting’ or anything like that. This was definitely a new fire and was definitely started deliberately.”
He said the latest blaze is “more or less contained”.
‘THREE ARSONISTS’ SEEN STARTING CAPE TOWN FIRES
Ward Councillor Nicole Jewell posted on Facebook that witnesses had told police that they had seen three people trying to deliberately stoke the blaze late on Sunday night.
“Unbelievable. Three arsonist witnessed starting there separate fires on Philip Kgosana drive. Seen by witnesses and running away. About 30 minutes ago,” she said, adding that fire service are on the scene but are “stretched beyond limits”.
“Absolutely beyond words!”