Fire Guts Brazil’s 200 Year-Old National Museum
The National Museum of Braizil in Rio de Janeiro was razed down by fire on Sunday despite efforts by firefighters to stop the massive flames.
The national museum which is 200 years-old was known as Rio Museu Nacional.
The cause of the inferno is unknown although the museum reportedly had infrastructure problems in recent years.
Sgt. Moises Torres, of the state’s firefighting headquarters, said it wasn’t known if anyone was injured in the blaze.
“Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost,” President Michel Temer tweeted.
The museum is Brazil’s oldest. Sérgio Sá Leitão, the country’s culture minister, told the newsmen how tragic it was to see the museum in flames, and, according to a translation of his remarks, said the fire “could certainly have been avoided.”
The museum holds thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries, according to its website, and is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
Many of its collections came from members of Brazil’s royal family, officials said.