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The historic Copenhagen Stock Exchange in Denmark is crushed

2024-04-16 16:08:00, Kosova & Bota CNA
The historic Copenhagen Stock Exchange in Denmark is crushed
View from the scene

Denmark's historic old stock exchange building in central Copenhagen has been engulfed in fire.

The 17th-century Bursa is one of the city's oldest buildings, and citizens were shocked to see its top, the iconic dragon, collapse in flames.

Everyone inside the building was able to leave, and people rushed to save some of its historic paintings.

Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said 400 years of Danish cultural heritage had been engulfed in flames.

The building, which dates back to 1625, is a stone construction of Denmark's parliament, the Folketing, located in the old royal palace of Christiansborg Castle. Danish media said the nearby square was being evacuated and the main entrance to Christiansborg was closed due to smoke.

The old stock exchange was being renovated and covered with scaffolding and protective plastic covers. The Danish Chamber of Commerce is currently located there.

Local craftsman Henrik Grage told Danish TV it was a tragic day.

"This is our Notre-Dame," he said, comparing it to the fire that engulfed the roof and spire of the cathedral in central Paris almost exactly five years ago.

The Paris fire broke out under the roof of Notre-Dame on April 15, 2019, when it was also covered with scaffolding as part of extensive renovations. Investigators blamed either an electrical short or an employee's cigarette butt that wasn't properly extinguished.

The cause of the fire in Copenhagen is also currently unknown, but emergency services said scaffolding made it difficult to operate. Most of the building is believed to have been heavily damaged by the fire, which officials say was most intense around its tower./ CNA

 

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