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Brazil: Huge fire engulfs National Museum in Rio de Janeiro01:11

Brazil: Huge fire engulfs National Museum in Rio de Janeiro

Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
September 3, 2018 at 09:10 GMT +00:00 · Published

The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro was engulfed by a huge fire on Sunday, endangering its collection of more than 20 million items going back more than two centuries.

The fire reportedly started at 19:30 local time (GMT 22:30), before spreading to every floor of the museum. No casualties have been reported.

The museum - linked to Rio de Janeiro federal university and the Education Ministry - was established in 1818.

Brazil: Huge fire engulfs National Museum in Rio de Janeiro01:11
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The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro was engulfed by a huge fire on Sunday, endangering its collection of more than 20 million items going back more than two centuries.

The fire reportedly started at 19:30 local time (GMT 22:30), before spreading to every floor of the museum. No casualties have been reported.

The museum - linked to Rio de Janeiro federal university and the Education Ministry - was established in 1818.