Copenhagen stock exchange fire: Spire collapses as historic Borsen engulfed in flames

Copenhagen stock exchange fire: Spire collapses as historic Borsen engulfed in flames

Fire at Copenhagen's Old Stock Exchange

Fire at Copenhagen's Old Stock Exchange

The fire had been brought under control but firefighting would continue throughout the night, Copenhagen fire department chief Jakob Vedsted Andersen told reporters in the afternoon.

"Everybody is crying at the Danish Chamber of Commerce right now," Mikkelsen, told reporters, shaking his head in disbelief.

Soldiers of the Royal Life Guards helped to cordon off streets and secure valuables.

Emergency services, employees from the Danish Chamber of Commerce, including its CEO Brian Mikkelsen, and even passers-by were seen carrying paintings away from the building in a race to save historic artefacts from the flames.

Video showed the flaming spire breaking in half as it tumbled down, a chunk crashing to the ground next to a fire truck.

The fire broke out in the 17th century Dutch Renaissance-style building on Tuesday morning. It was quickly engulfed in flames while thick grey smoke rose above the city in scenes reminiscent of the 2019 blaze at Paris' Notre-Dame Cathedral. There were no reports of casualties.

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