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Fire Rages Through the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen
Fire Rages Through the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen

Fire Rages Through the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, 16 Apr (ONA) --- A fire raged through one of Copenhagen’s oldest buildings today, causing the collapse of the iconic spire from the 17th-century Old Stock Exchange as passersby rushed to help emergency services save priceless paintings and other valuables.

Danish Culture Minister Jakob Engel-Schmidt said it was “touching” to see how many people lent their hand “to save art treasures and iconic images from the burning building.” One man jumped off his bicycle on his way to work to help in the effort.

The fire began this morning in the copper roof of the Old Stock Exchange, or Boersen, spread to much of the building and the roof, parts of which also collapsed, and destroyed the building’s interior.

The building, which is situated next to the Christiansborg Palace where the parliament sits, is a popular tourist attraction and has been photographed millions of times. Its distinctive spire, in the shape of the tails of four dragons twined together, reached a height of 56 meters (184 feet).

--- Ends/Khalid