Danish Icon in Ashes: Determining the Cause of the Børsen Fire May Take Months

Written by Camilla Jessen

Apr.17 - 2024 1:23 PM CET

Photo: Presse-Fotos.dk
Photo: Presse-Fotos.dk
The iconic Børsen Stock Exchange in Denmark was engulfed in flames on April 16. Firefighters battled throughout the day to save the 400-year-old architectural treasure.

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The fire alarm at Børsen was triggered at 7:36 AM on Tuesday, April 16. By approximately 8:30 AM, the building's spire had collapsed, consumed by flames.

By 4:00 PM that day, the Capital's Emergency Services had announced that the fire was under control.

Determining the cause of the fire at Børsen may take a considerable amount of time, as reported by the Copenhagen Police in a press release on Wednesday, April 17.

Photo: Presse-Fotos.dk

Police Investigation Underway

The police have initiated an extensive investigation to uncover the cause of the fire, and the answer may not come for "several months."

According to Deputy Police Inspector Brian Belling, head of the Department for Violent Crime, the investigation began shortly after the fire started.

"We have conducted preliminary interviews, secured surveillance, and taken numerous investigative steps," Belling explained.

A detailed examination of Børsen and necessary fire technical investigations have not yet been conducted. The investigation is being supported by specialists from the National Criminal Technical Center.

"Experience has shown that it can take a long time to determine the cause of a fire in such investigations. Therefore, we ask for a bit of patience from the public while we perform our work," said Belling.

"Fortunately, we have some incredibly skilled employees in the Danish police who are accustomed to dealing with both extensive and complicated fire investigations, so we will do everything in our power to determine what happened."

Currently, half of the Børsen is charred, leaving only the outer walls standing.

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