Cape Town Blaze Burns Near Vredehoek Suburb

Evacuations were underway in parts of Cape Town, South Africa, on Monday, April 19, after a wildfire spread toward a southern suburb of the city overnight, officials said.

Officials said firefighters were battling the fire near the Cape Town suburb of Vredehoek, Philip Kgosana Drive, and the University of Cape Town.

Local resident Dylan Baitz said this footage of the fire was filmed from Vredehoek at 7 am on Monday.

The fire was “largely under control” by Monday morning, local media reported, citing fire officials. Western Cape Premier Alan Winde said an arson suspect was arrested and an investigation was ongoing into the fire’s origin. Credit: Dylan Baitz via Storyful