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Brazil’s National Museum, 200 years old, goes up in flames



The firefighters in Brazil on Sunday worked to extinguish the flames that enveloped a 200-year-old historical museum – as the president of the country called "a sad day for all Brazilians".

The National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, also known as Rio Museu Nacional, caught fire last Sunday after the building was closed for the day, according to O Globo. What has ignited the fire was not immediately clear; the museum would have had infrastructural problems in recent years.

Sgt. Moises Torres, of the state's firefighting headquarters, said that no one knows if anyone was injured in the stake.

  People rescued during a fire at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 2, 2018. REUTERS / Ricardo Moraes - RC1E3E218990

People work to save objects during a fire at the National Museum of Brazil.

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"Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost", tweeted President Michel Temer .

The museum is the oldest in Brazil. Sérgio Sá Leitão, the minister of culture of the country, told the newspaper how tragic it was to see the museum on fire and, according to a translation of his observations, he said that the fire "could certainly have been avoided".

  A fire rages at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 2, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media. Tania Dominici / via REUTERS THIS IMAGE WAS SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. OBLIGATORY CREDIT. NO RISING. NO ARCHIVE. - RC19F32690F0

The museum is 200 years old and many of its collections came from members of the royal family of Brazil, according to its website.

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The museum houses thousands of objects 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 his collections came from members of the royal family of Brazil, officials said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Nicole Darrah covers breaking news and trends for FoxNews.com. Follow her on Twitter @nicoledarrah .


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