A fire that broke out early on Thursday morning in central Copenhagen is now under control. Firefights are confident it will be completely extinguished over the course of the day.
The fire, which began in the old, abandoned former Free Mason lodge building at Klerkegade 2 – located between Kongens Have and Store Kongensgade – was reported ablaze at 04:30 this morning.
“Forty firemen and 15 fire vehicles are at the site and are working at putting out the fire,” Mads Graversen, the head of operations with the Copenhagen Fire Department, told TV2 News.
“It’s a quite large fire, and we will probably have to be there for a few more hours.”
Area cordoned off
The fire led to residents in nearby apartment blocks on Adelgade being evacuated due to heavy smoke and the danger of falling debris.
The police have cordoned off Borgergade between Sølvgade and Fredericiagade, as well as Adelgade.
No injuries have been reported, and the authorities have yet to ascertain the cause of the blaze.