British yob sets fire to Table Mountain?
Cape Town at this time of the year is always hot and can be very windy. Fires on the mountain are a common occurrence. Usually they're easy to get under control but sometimes they rage for days and threaten houses on the slopes. A really bad one swept across the mountain over the past few days and has destroyed a few houses and killed a British tourist.
The visible impact of the fire will probably be there for a long time to come even though annual fires are, to some extent, desirable, as they release the seeds of a lot of indigenous vegetation. That's all well and good for rural areas but fires of that nature in an urban area tend to do more harm than good. Cape Town residents are constantly being reminded not to drop cigarette ends or burning matches where there's any chance of a fire taking hold. But, accidents happen. This time, however, the fire appears to have been started deliberately.
A British man has been arrested and appears in court today.
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The BBC has some spectacular photos of the fire.