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Fire Ablaze: Copenhagen Stock Exchange Building

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Ritzau Scanpix, Emil Helms

On April 16, 2024, an unfortunate tragedy occurred when the Copenhagen Stock Exchange was set ablaze, burning all of the paintings inside. Many locals looked on in shock, and many rushed in to save the countless priceless art pieces that were a part of the museum. Beginning in the 1600s, priceless art pieces have been collected from around the world and placed inside of the Copenhagen Stock Exchange Building. Some famous nineteenth century Danish painters whose work can be found in the Stock Exchange building include Peder Severin Krøyer and Lorenz Frølich. Along with artists spanning four centuries, all of these priceless paintings have been kept in this historic building.  

Anthony Vo, a sophomore at STA, said that when he heard the news of the fire he was “greatly distressed” for the well-being of the paintings. In addition to this, Ms. Maradiaga, an art teacher at STA, empathized with onlookers, stating that she would be “deeply saddened” if she were in similar circumstances.  

What Happened During and After the Fire?

Officials believe the fire started under the copper roof of the stock exchange building. Locals feared the worst as they witnessed the dragon spiral atop the structure become engulfed in flames. Fire departments rushed to extinguish the fire, impeded by scaffolding from an active restoration project which surrounded the building. The historical importance of these paintings motivated many staff members of the building to rush in, hoping to save as many priceless artifacts as possible. Additionally, citizens and local bystanders helped carry numerous large art pieces to safety. The fire continued to blaze for nearly 24 hours before the fire was extinguished. Local police wasted no time in checking out the wreckage and potential causes of the fire. Although police conducted an extensive investigation, they were left with no clear answers as to how the fire started. With the fire having engulfed the building for over a day, a significant portion of the building collapsed,  including the dragon spiral top. By April 18th, the inner walls of the building collapsed, further worsening its condition. The following day, firefighters attempted to cut down any scaffolding and any other structures left by the fire, to avoid potential harm to any bystanders or further structural damage. The Danish Chamber of Commerce, who are the owners of the stock exchange building, have declared that they will be rebuilding the building, but have failed to mention how it will be funded. As this is an ongoing project, any updates on the origin of the fire or any related news will be reported as it happens.

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