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Fire in Copenhagen destroys historic building of the former stock exchange and destroys its emblematic arrow

The fire that broke out this morning in the historic building of the former stock exchange in Copenhagen, Denmark, remains out of control after five hours and part of the roof has collapsed, although there have been no injuries.

When the fire, whose causes are still unknown, was declared at 7:30 am local time (5:30 am GMT), ten workers from the company that is restoring the building – which has been under construction since 2022 – were inside, and left alone and unharmed, it said. the Danish media.

The fire affected half of the building and although firefighters managed to prevent it from spreading to the other, they were still unable to control it.

“We continue to fight the flames. New complications arose. As the interior support structures burned, the walls became destabilized. That’s what we’re focusing on now,” said Copenhagen emergency services director Jakob Vedsted Andersen.

Andersen highlighted that the building is surrounded by scaffolding and that it cannot be ruled out that the building will collapse.

The fire started under the roof, which has copper elements and is difficult to access, which allowed the flames to gain intensity and spread to the remaining floors of the building.

The building, one of the oldest preserved in CopenhagenIt was built between 1619 and 1623 by order of King Christian IV and operated as the Danish capital’s stock exchange until 1974.

It was currently the headquarters of the Chamber of Commerce and its facade and roof were being restored, a process that was scheduled to be completed in 2029.

“This morning we woke up to a sad picture, as the smoke on the rooftops of Copenhagen reflected the destructive fire on the stock market,” King Frederick X said in a statement, which thanked emergency personnel and police for their work to prevent the situation. . would be injuries.

Several wings of Christiansborg Castle, the seat of Parliament, located near the burning building, were evacuated as a precaution.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen described the fire as “horrific” and lamented that “a piece of Danish history was burning,” while Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen referred to the event as “our Notre Dame moment.” , in reference to the fire of the famous fire.” Paris Cathedral in 2019.

According to experts cited in the media, it is possible that the restoration work may have increased the risk of fire, although it is not yet known what caused the fire.

Source: Elcomercio

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