20 million artefacts, priceless treasures could be lost in Brazil National Museum fire So far, there have been no reports of casualties as the fire broke out after the museum was closed for the day. However, there are concerns that many of the 20 million artefacts in the building may have been destroyed.
September 03, 2018 / 01:09 PM IST
A major fire broke out at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 2. The 200-year-old institution is the oldest of its kind in the South American country. (Image: Reuters)
So far, there have been no reports of casualties, which occurred on in the evening after the facility was closed for the day. (Image: Reuters)
The museum is home to 20 million artefacts, which includes a priceless collection of dinosaur fossils and a 12,000-year-old skeleton of a woman — the oldest ever found in the Americas. (Image: Reuters)
In a tweet, Brazil's President Michel Temer said that it was a "sad day for all Brazilians" as "200 years of work, research and knowledge were lost". (Image: Reuters)
Fire fighters and people present at the site were seen retrieving some of the items from inside the building. There remains a fear that many valuable national treasures could have been gutted in the blaze. (Image: Reuters)
The structure once served as the residence for the Portuguese royal family and celebrated its 200-year anniversary earlier this year. The reason behind the fire is not know. (Image: Reuters)