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Cape Town Engulfed in Smoke as Fire Rages

Precautionary evacuations got underway in the Cape Town suburb of Vredehoek on April 19 after a fire spread toward the area overnight, the city council said.

Cape Town resident Ian Gordon posted footage to Twitter on Monday of the blaze burning on Devil’s Peak Mountain, in Table Mountain National Park. The park’s fire manager said three fires tore through the park on Sunday. The fire reached the University of Cape Town, where students were evacuated and parts of a library destroyed.

According to local reports, residents of Vredehoek were evacuated from their homes shortly before the footage was taken. Credit: Ian Gordon via Storyful