Copenhagen theatre Sort/Hvid burns down

Police are working to determine the cause of a fire that severely damaged the inner city theatre as theatre personnel are forced to contemplate the future.

Copenhagen theatre Sort/Hvid burns down
The fire department received word of the fire shortly after 4.30am. Photo: Nils Meilvang
The Copenhagen theatre Sort/Hvid, previously known as CaféTeatret, burned down in the early morning hours of Tuesday. 
Copenhagen Police said on Tuesday morning that investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire.
“At 4.38am, the fire department received an alarm from an address on Skindergade in inner Copenhagen. The status after the fire is that the first floor, which consists of a large open room, apparently a theatre stage, is by and large destroyed by fire. On top of that there is smoke and soot damage on the second floor,” police spokesman Henrik Stormer told Berlingske Nyhedsbureau.
A spokesperson for the theatre told BT that the fire put the theatre’s future in jeopardy. 
“The fire obviously has big consequences. We already put on a lot of our shows out in the city but what will happen from hear on out, I don’t know at this point,” Jeannie Haltrup said. 
No one was injured in the fire and police and the surrounding area was blocked off on Tuesday morning as police investigated. 
The theatre changed its name from CaféTeatret to Sort/Hvid (Black/White) earlier this year to “match the vision the theatre has and the projects we create”, according to a press release. 
The small theatre focuses on plays that lead to social debate and came in the spotlight for hosting the controversial ‘Manifest 2083’, a monologue based on the writings of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. 

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Danish firefighters to help tackle blaze in Greenland

38 firefighters from Denmark have been sent to Greenland in an attempt to put out a wildfire currently burning on the Arctic island.

Danish firefighters to help tackle blaze in Greenland
Ukkusissat in western Greenland. File photo: Linda Kastrup/Ritzau Scanpix

The firefighters will travel to Greenland, and autonomous territory of Denmark, in a Hercules aircraft supplied by the Danish military.

They will help local emergency services to fight wildfires which have blazed since the beginning of July and are persisting in peaty subterranean areas between Sisimiut and Kangerlussuaq, in the western part of Greenland.

Authorities in Greenland took the step of requesting help from Denmark last weekend.

“I think it’s important for us to help and support Greenland when they ask for our help,” Danish defence minister Trine Bramsen said.

“We have a very special bond throughout our kingdom, so I listen extra carefully when the call for help comes from Greenland,” Bramsen added.

The Danish contingent consists of 16 national service soldiers, 8 volunteers and 14 specialist full-time firefighters, said Jens Oddershede, leader of the international section of the Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen).

“They will be particularly tasked with establishing a breakage line to contain the fire and stop it spreading further,” Oddershede said.

The Danish mission is expected to last around 14 days and cost up to 3 million kroner.

Police in Greenland believe the wildfire to have started on July 8th, caused by a smoking oven.

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