A man has been detained in relation to the “out of control” fires in Cape Town, which began on Sunday morning continues to blaze 24 hours later.

“One suspect in his thirties was taken into custody last night in the vicinity of Devil’s Peak,” the City of Cape Town said in a statement.

Authorities will investigate speculation that additional fires were started and whether the original fire was an act of arson, the statement added.

Around 150 firefighters were tackling the blaze on Monday, which began in Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park, damaging buildings and prompting the evacuation of hikers from the city’s most famous landmark.

Adverse weather conditions are hampering firefighters efforts to put out the blaze, according to the City of Cape Town which said the blaze is “not under control yet .. wind is a major contributing factor.”

Aerial firefighting support remains grounded due to the strong winds, an update shared on Facebook said.

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