Fire rages on foothills of Cape Town's Table Mountain

Image Corbin August The blaze has already gutted at least three buildings on the campus including the library at UCT

A wildfire on the slopes of South Africa's Table Mountain has spread to the nearby University of Cape Town campus, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of students, officials say.

The library has been the home of many special collections and manuscripts.

Several Zimbabweans marked themselves "safe" after news sources reported that a brush fire of unspecified size was continuing to burn near the Rhodes Memorial, along Rhodes Memorial St.

Oga Carelse add say dem get three helicopters wey dey water bomb di area - to try to quench di fire as dem dey use helicopter to release water from sky.

On Sunday, firefighters battled to put out a blaze on the mountain slopes at Rhodes Memorial in Cape Town.

Built in 1796 Mostert's Mill was the oldest surviving and only complete windmill in South Africa.

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Unconfam tori be say di fire start afta one big explosion wey happun for di Rhodes Memorial restaurant.

Fire-fighting teams teams from Working on Fire and Table Mountain National Park were deployed to fight the blaze.

"All UCT students have been evacuated from campus by emergency services support staff", the university said on Twitter.

City officials said they have not asked residents in the popular Rondebosch suburb and surrounding area to evacuate.

Other campus buildings also caught fire, and a historic windmill nearby burned.

Residents have been cautioned to be on alert, Charlotte Powell, spokeswoman for the city's disaster risk management centre, said in a statement.

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