Suspected arsonist nabbed for Table Mountain fire

Fire crews were deployed to douse four separate blazes on the mountain slopes earlier on Tuesday and two helicopters have been deployed to water-bomb the area.

Mayco member for safety and security JP Smith talks to CapeTalk's Africa Melane, standing in for John Maytham, about the arrest.

A man, believed to be in his forties, was arrested.

He was found in possession of fuel and other fire-making implements. He was clearly identified by people as having been present.

JP Smith, Mayco member City of Cape Town

He made a great deal of noise. he was shouting and clearly very agitated and appeared to be in a state of distress.

JP Smith, Mayco member City of Cape Town

The fire that he may or may not have started has been brought under control.

JP Smith, Mayco member City of Cape Town

Smith says there were four separate ignition points which shows the intent of someone to ensure a fire was started.

That does not happen naturally at four points simultaneously.

JP Smith, Mayco member City of Cape Town

Smith says the accused made no effort to conceal himself or distance himself from the fire.

He was shouting and drawing attention to himself.

JP Smith, Mayco member City of Cape Town

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Suspected arsonist nabbed for Table Mountain fire


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