Man arrested for starting fire on mountainside

Firefighters extinguish a fire that was deliberately started by a member of the public.
A man was arrested in Van Riebeeck Park for allegedly setting fire to the mountainside yesterday.

Auxiliary officers received a call for assistance from City Bowl Armed Response, who were dealing with a riotous man, who was throwing stones at members of the public as well as their officers in Van Riebeeck Park. 

On arrival, the officers found the suspect setting fire to the mountainside.

The suspect was detained while officers managed to obtain a garden hose from a neighbouring house and began extinguishing the fire.

The City’s fire and rescue team arrived shortly and assisted the officers, as well as the Table Mountain National Parks fire teams.

The suspect was detained at the Cape Town Central police station.

This is the second fire the suspect has been arrested for this year.