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Stellenbosch University fire aftermath

The fire caused significant damage to three floors of the Van der Sterr building.

The top floor of the BComm/Accounting Building at the Stellenbosch University completely destroyed by fire on 22 February 2015. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Stellenbosch University's blaze took onlookers and students by surprise at the weekend as they watched the Van der Sterr building deteriorate in flames.

The fire destroyed the third floor and caused significant damage to the second and first floors the day before some students were due to write a test in the building.

The building houses several divisions of the university's faculty of economics and management sciences.

A forensic investigation has been launched.

Picture sent to EWN as iWitness/Dan.

Picture sent to EWN as iWitness/Dan.

A few Twitter pics show the damage done...

It is as if we have lost a colleague. #VanDerSterr #Stellenbosch #StellenboschFIRE pic.twitter.com/vwZ6vAgMkD

The Dean. RT @SenzyM: Who had the aux cord? RT @eNCAnews: RT @terencetit: #stellenboschfire pic.twitter.com/9Ip04sEb9b