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STATEMENT BY MAYORAL COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR SAFETY AND SECURITY, ALDERMAN JP SMITH<p>​All efforts remain focused on active firefighting for the moment, although the fire is hard to reach in places and we hope that aerial firefighting support can be deployed to douse the flames before it reaches the urban edge.</p><p>However, the wind could impact on this deployment.</p><p>For the moment, there are some precautionary evacuations taking place in Vredehoek, but no other evacuations were necessary overnight.</p><p>We commend the firefighters, Disaster Risk Management staff and volunteers, the enforcement staff and every other agency and individual who have played a role in the efforts to contain the fire, and continue to do so.</p><p>We would also like to thank the public for opening their hearts and wallets to the firefighters, but also the students who were evacuated by UCT.</p><p>There has been property damage, details of which are in the public domain, but the City will do a full assessment once the fire is under control. </p><p>Thus far, two City firefighters have been injured and we wish them a speedy recovery.</p><p>There is a lot of speculation currently about additional fires that were started, and whether the original fire was an act of arson.</p><p>This will form part of investigations, but the City can confirm that one suspect in his thirties was taken into custody last night in the vicinity of Devil’s Peak.</p><p>He was spotted by a resident, who tracked him down with the help of his sons and the family’s dogs. </p><p>The matter is with SAPS for investigation and further details will follow as they become available. </p><p>For now, the focus is on bringing the fire under control and we appeal to the public to assist the authorities by following instructions in respect of evacuations where necessary, staying away from the active firefighting scenes so that firefighters can focus on the job at hand, and by reporting any information that may be relevant to the investigations into this incident.</p>2021-04-18T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6;L0|#0c4b7c6dc-8375-4f5e-9dbc-dfae57ed56e6|Fire;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#e039dc27-3eb7-44c3-a272-9800fae3031a;L0|#0e039dc27-3eb7-44c3-a272-9800fae3031a|Vredehoek;GP0|#c2b0ca81-05e5-4fff-b8fe-c6e6301b8e39;L0|#0c2b0ca81-05e5-4fff-b8fe-c6e6301b8e39|firefighting10

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