Historic Danish Stock Exchange Building Catches on Fire

A fire broke out at Denmark’s Old Stock Exchange, or Boersen, on Tuesday, April 16.

The fire caused the 17th-century building’s well-known spire to collapse, according to local reports.

The area around the building had been cordoned off, with no one reported to have been in danger as a result of the fire, according to local reports. The cause of the fire was still being determined.

Denmark’s National Emergency Management Agency said that they had arrived at the building on Tuesday morning, and were assisting local police and emergency services with their efforts.

Local reports said that people on the street were seen running into the building to save historic pieces of art. Images released by a local news outlet show pieces of art being carried out of the building.

Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said that the images he had seen of Boersen on fire were “terrible.”

“Terrible pictures from the Stock Exchange this morning. 400 years of Danish cultural heritage in flames,” he said. Credit: Gunnar Lenzing via Storyful

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