Roof fire brings busy Copenhagen street to a standstill

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Words by Shivé Prema, 17th March 2017

Today a fire erupted from the roof of a building on Vesterbrogade, a major road in western Copenhagen.  

A firefighter rushes forward as a colleague descends from the burning building (Photo: Shivé Prema)

At approximately 1:03pm, authorities received a report about a fire at Vesterbrogade 146 and cordoned off the area 10 minutes later.

The flames reached 10 metres at their highest and rubble fell down onto the street below.

A wet affair: the rain helped to suppress the flames (Photo: Shivé Prema)

Police urged people to stay away for health and safety as smoke hung in the air.

The building was evacuated, but no people were injured.

The roof was destroyed but the two gables remain and will be demolished on Saturday.

A large section of Vesterbrogade from Kingosgade and Plantanvej is blocked but will reopen on Sunday morning.

The exact cause of the fire is not yet known.