Parts of Danish Parliament Evacuated: Iconic building on fire

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Apr.16 - 2024 9:30 AM CET


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Early Tuesday morning, dense black smoke and flames enveloped the historic Børsen building in Copenhagen, startling residents and disrupting the city center.

The fire began at dawn, with emergency services quickly mobilizing to the scene amid reports of significant smoke emanating from the structure's rooftop.

The Copenhagen Fire Brigade was dispatched massively to Slotsholmsgade following the alert.

Social media updates from Hovedstadens Beredskab confirmed their urgent response to tackle the flames visible at one of the city’s most emblematic landmarks.

Constructed in 1625 with its distinctive spire, Børsen stands as one of the oldest buildings in the Danish capital.

Currently under restoration, the structure was shrouded in scaffolding, which may have accelerated the spread of the fire. Authorities have cordoned off several areas around the site, including nearby Knippelsbro and the Christiansborg Slotsplads, causing significant traffic disruptions.

The fire's intensity suggests severe damage to the historic edifice, with ongoing efforts focused on salvaging what remains of the architectural masterpiece.

As emergency teams continue their work, the question looms large over the city: What will be left of Børsen after the smoke clears?

The Proviant House, a wing of Danish Parliament Christiansborg where several Members of Parliament and journalists have their offices, is being evacuated following the fire at the Børsen building.

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