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Massive fire destroys Brazil's national museum
The 200-year-old National Museum located in Rio de Janeiro was engulfed in a massive fire on Sunday evening (local time), destroying centuries-old artifacts. Firefighters from seven different stations were rushed to the spot and are trying to douse the flames. The historic building belonged to a Portuguese royal family and was converted to a museum 200 years ago. It housed around 20 million artifacts, including varieties of rare exhibits relating to the history of America.
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An aerial view of the National Museum
Following the incident, Brazilian President Michel Temer said the losses incurred in the fire were too great to be calculated. "The loss of the National Museum's collection is insurmountable for Brazil. Two hundred years of work, research and knowledge were lost. This is a sad day for all Brazilians," Temer tweeted.
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National Museum of Brazil is seen after a fire burnt
The National Museum of Brazil is seen after a fire burnt it in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Worker carries a piece of a rock
A worker carries a piece of a rock of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Municipal police officer uses pepper spray against a demonstrator
A municipal police officer uses pepper spray against a demonstrator during a protest in front of the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.