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The historic building of the Stock Exchange in Copenhagen caught fire – and the tower collapsed

The historic building of the Stock Exchange in Copenhagen caught fire – and the tower collapsed

The first alarm about the fire reached the police at 07:36 on Tuesday morning, when smoke was seen spreading from Copenhagen's famous stock exchange house, Børsen. A large area in central Copenhagen was cordoned off.

– This is our Notre Dame, says Copenhagen resident Henrik Graage, in Danish TV2.

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Frank Trier Mikkelsen, in charge of firefighting, said that the fire had spread to all floors through the building's elevator shaft, and as of ten in the morning it was still burning “violently.”

It is still unclear what caused the fire.

The stock exchange is located in the center of Copenhagen, directly next to the Danish Parliament. picture: SVT News

The tower has collapsed

Dating back to 1625, Börhuset is one of the oldest buildings in Copenhagen and is famous for its twisting tower that rises above the main building. Reports said the teacher collapsed shortly before 8 a.m. on Tuesday Additional sheetWho writes that “crazy scenes” occur at the site:

“A large number of people are trying to rescue the distinctive and valuable artifacts usually found inside the exchange. Among other things, you can see many people executing a huge painting.”

Copenhagen Police are urging people not to get out into traffic in central Copenhagen unnecessarily.

“We have closed Borsgade, Knebelsbrough and Strandgade. We urge people to stay away from the area.” X.

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Danish Defense also writes on X that over 90 lifeguard recruits are on site at the exchange and assisting with cordon operations and securing assets.

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Watch the collapse of the famous stock exchange tower. picture: doctor

“400 years of Danish cultural heritage is burning”

The Danish Culture Minister responded on Tuesday to news of the fire at the famous house, which has been a center for Danish business since the 17th century.

“Terrifying images from Børsen this morning. 400 years of Danish cultural heritage burning.” X.