The Southern Strand library in Cape Town has been gutted by a morning fire destroying rows of books, leaving oddments of burnt shelves, shattered glass and the charred remains of the library.
Cape Town Councillor Zahid Badroodien on inspecting the site stated that the cause of the fire is yet to be established but investigations are still ongoing.
He urged individuals with valuable information on the fire should avail law enforcement authorities with it.
He noted that the damage to the facility is devastating and will leave hundreds of regular users of the facility stranded, while they urgently look to initiate the process of having services restored.
Fire crews from Strand, Somerset West and Sir Lowry’s Pass arrived in hours to contain the blaze.
The South African Police Service was also present for an on-site assessment.
The City of Cape Town has over 100 Library and Information service points, including dozens of libraries, one satellite library, and a mobile library service.