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Table Mountain wildfire tears through university library

A raging wildfire spreading across the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain has torched a university library and forced the evacuation of students from the area.

Images from the scene showed the hollowed out charred remains of the University of Capetown’s Jagger library, which held thousands of original artefacts of African history as part of its Special Collections library.

At least two floors of the building were burned in the fire, according to local news reports. Other campus buildings, and a historic windmill nearby, were also reported to have burned.

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