The mountain fire that broke out in April on the slopes of Table Mountain, ravaging a number of important University of Cape Town structures, was allegedly started by an arsonist who threw something out of a passing car, reports Sowetan Live.
This is according to an extensive investigative report released to the public on Thursday, June 24. According to SANParks Enviro Wildfire Services’ investigator Rob Erasmus, the fire was not natural or accidental. The investigator went on to state that the fire was started with intent, but the rapid spread of the blaze was caused by several environmental factors, reports EWN.
“Yes, we do believe that an object was thrown from the car,” stated the lead fire investigator.
“At this stage, we cannot divulge the distance that it was thrown,” he continued. Erasmus has stated that the investigation team is currently experimenting with numerous objects to discern how the fire began.
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