“What we feared happened,” Copenhagen fire chief Jakob Vedsted Andersen told reporters. Even hours before the collapse of the rest of the facade of the 400-year-old building, the rescue services tried to prevent it and placed containers with concrete blocks near the perimeter walls, which were supposed to support the damaged walls and thus prevent the collapse of the historic masonry. However, around 5:00 p.m., the facade collapsed. The commander of the intervention, Tim Ole Simonsen, warned today that there is no guarantee that the historic masonry in the burned-out half of the Copenhagen Stock Exchange will last.

In connection with the collapse of the facade, a number of rescue vehicles, including fire engines and ambulances, arrived at the scene. According to the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten, a lot of smoke could be seen in the area and there was a strong smell of burnt wood. No one he was not injuredauthorities said.

Copenhagen Mayor Sophie Haestorp Andersen said today that she was invited to Paris to discuss with local officials the experience of a similar fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral five years ago. Haestorpová Andersenová will travel to the French capital next month.

The building was engulfed in flames on Tuesday:

Fire at the historic stock exchange building in Copenhagen

In Copenhagen, the Renaissance building of the Old Stock Exchange, one of the most famous monuments of the city, is on fire

“On Wednesday, I spoke with the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, about the experience of the Notre-Dame fire,” Haestorp Andersen told Reuters. “She invited me and my team to Paris to see how they handled the situation,” she said.

The reconstruction of the outer part of the Paris cathedral should be practically finished this July, the overall repair should be completed in December. “Hidalga gave me good advice on how to move quickly and also how Paris handled the donations,” Andersen said.

Fire seized the building of the Copenhagen Stock Exchange at the time when it was undergoing reconstruction, which was supposed to return it to its original form. Police investigating the incident said it could take several months to determine the cause of the fire.