Man Arrested In Connection with Cape Town Fire

An arrest has been made in connection with who is responsible for the Cape Town fire.

The man, said to be in his 30s, is said to be a homeless man who lives in the bushes and was starting a fire for cooking purposes. He was busy with a second smaller fire.

Cape Town Mayoral member for Safety and Security, JP Smith, said:

When asked about it, he admitted that he started the fire. He was asked if he started the big fire or this one, it seemed to indicate that he took responsibility for the big fire so it is hard to say what his state of mind is as well. This will be the subject of the criminal investigation.

Not much is known or been said about the man. 

People causing fires in the bushes is said to be a common occurrence as Smith said, "the outcome is not surprising".

Smith continued to say that people were seen by residents moving between the bushes trying to rekindle fires that have already been extinguished.

This arrest came as a result of multiple residents reporting that they were watching three men moving through the bush starting new fires.

Law enforcement then came across the man who was then arrested after they found him standing next to a fire.

He is currently in custody with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and a case of arson has been opened. Affidavits have also been obtained from residents and officers.

Police are trying to establish the reasons behind the man starting the fire.

Residents of Vredehoek and Pepper Street were evacuated on Monday morning and residents in Walmer Estate have also started leaving their homes.

Students of the University of Cape Town were forced to evacuate as the fire broke through parts of UCT's Upper, Middle and Lower Campus with several building and residences being damaged.

The fire has also destroyed the Rhodes Memorial Restaurant along with Mostert's Mill along with some houses.

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