Helicopter Refills Amid Fight Against Damaging Fire in Cape Town

Several helicopters joined over 200 firefighters tackling a major fire in Cape Town that started Sunday, April 18, at Table Mountain, and reached the University of Cape Town as well as threatening residential areas.

This video, showing a helicopter refilling with water from a lake, was taken by student Sindiso Mkhatshwa, who told Storyful, “I took the video 20-30 minutes before the fire went totally out of control and consumed all three campuses, including my residence.”

Table Mountain National Park’s fire manager said three fires tore through the park on Sunday.

Students were evacuated from the University of Cape Town, and a library building was destroyed. Credit: Sindiso Mkhatshwa via Storyful