Flames Engulf The National Museum In Rio de Janeiro

Flames Engulf The National Museum In Rio de Janeiro

‘It is a cultural tragedy’: Flames engulf the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro as dozens of firefighters battle to save priceless relics from the 200-year-old building

  • A massive fire raced through Brazil’s National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night and Monday morning
  • The 200-year-old museum houses artefacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and the first fossils found in Brazil
  • There is no word yet of the possible cause, nor the extent of damage, but images show devastation
  • Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, described the destruction of the building as ‘incalculable’

A huge fire ravaged Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum Sunday night, destroying most of its collection of 20 million historical items and invaluable artefacts.

Firefighters worked to put out the blaze at the esteemed National Museum in Rio de Janeiro overnight, which houses artifacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil.

There is no word yet of the possible cause, nor the exact extent of damage, however a Roman fresco which survived Pompeii is believed to be among the items destroyed in the fire.

Images broadcast on Monday shows firefighters still working on putting out the flames inside the smoking shell of the building.

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