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Copenhagen's Historic Building Engulfed in Flames: A Tragic Loss for Denmark

In a heart-wrenching incident reminiscent of the Notre-Dame de Paris fire in 2019, a historic building in Copenhagen, once the city's stock exchange, caught fire early Tuesday morning.
The iconic building, which now serves as the headquarters for the Danish Chamber of Commerce, suffered extensive damage as flames erupted and its renowned tower tragically collapsed.

The fire in the building, a masterpiece of Dutch Renaissance architecture completed in 1625, sent thick smoke billowing and flames soaring into the sky, leaving onlookers in shock. The cause of the fire remains unclear, but it has dealt a significant blow to Denmark's cultural heritage.

Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen described the event as Denmark's "Notre-Dame moment," underscoring the profound loss felt nationwide. "Horrible images from the stock exchange. It's so sad. An iconic building that means a lot to all of us," Poulsen shared on X (formerly Twitter), drawing a parallel to the devastating fire that partially destroyed the historic Paris cathedral.

The building, known for its striking tower, was under scaffolding at the time of the fire as part of a renovation project aimed at correcting last century's repair mistakes and restoring the facade to its original glory. The Copenhagen fire department reported that the scaffolding, along with the building's copper roof which holds heat, significantly hindered firefighting efforts.

Locals, in a desperate attempt to save what they could, were seen evacuating invaluable artworks and paintings from the premises. Thankfully, according to initial reports, no injuries have been reported. The full extent of the damage to the building and the loss of cultural treasures, however, remains to be assessed.

This tragic event marks a moment of deep reflection for Denmark as it comes to terms with the loss of a piece of its architectural and cultural history. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing, as the country mourns the loss of one of its oldest and most cherished buildings.
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