Giant flames tear through National Museum in Rio de Janeiro

Giant flames tear through National Museum in Rio de Janeiro as dozens of firefighters battle raging inferno at 200-year-old building packed with 20 million priceless artifacts

  • A 200-year-old museum in Brazil was hit on Sunday by a huge fire 
  • Threatening its collection of more than 20million historical items 
  • Firefighters were working to put out the large flames at the National Museum

A 200-year-old museum in Brazil was hit on Sunday by a huge fire, threatening its collection of more than 20million historical items. 

Firefighters were working to put out the large flames at the National Museum in northern Rio de Janeiro. 

So far there are no reported casualties as the fire began after the museum had closed for the day, revealed News portal G1.

The fire began at 7.30pm local time and quickly spread throughout the building. The flames did not appear to be reducing late Sunday night. 

A 200-year-old museum in Brazil was hit on Sunday by a huge fire, threatening its collection of more than 20million historical items

Sgt. Moises Torres from the state’s firefighting headquarters said there was no immediate information about injuries

Firefighters, pictured, try to extinguish a fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro

Nobody was reportedly injured during the fire as it began after the museum had closed for the day

Brazil’s President, Michel Temer, said on Twitter: ‘Incalculable to Brazil the loss of the collection of the National Museum.

‘200 years of work, research and knowledge have been lost. The value of our history cannot be measured by the damage to the building that housed the royal family during the empire.

‘It’s a sad day for all Brazilians’.


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Sgt. Moises Torres from the state’s firefighting headquarters said there was no immediate information about injuries.

The National Museum’s press service told local reporters that four security staffers had been evacuated in time. 

The museum, which was founded in 1818, is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and has thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries.

It houses several landmark collections including Egyptian artefacts and the oldest human fossil found in Brazil.

According to the museum’s website, many of its collections came from members of Brazil’s royal family. 

The historical building also once served as the residence for the Portuguese Royal Family. 

It wasn’t immediately clear how the blaze began. 

The National Museum’s press service told local reporters that four security staffers had been evacuated in time

The historical building, pictured going up in flames, also once served as the residence for the Portuguese Royal Family

On Sunday evening the flames did not appear to be reducing in size as firefighters worked tirelessly to battle the fire 


The fire began at 7.30pm local time and quickly spread throughout the building, and on Sunday evening the flames did not appear to be reducing

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