[Ed. – Awful development, at a difficult time for the country in many ways. The videos tell the tale.]
A massive fire raced through Brazil’s 200-year-old National Museum on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million historical items.
Firefighters worked to put out the blaze at the esteemed National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday night, which houses artifacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil.
There is no word yet of the possible cause, nor if there were casualties or the exact extent of damage. …
The museum, which is tied to the Rio de Janeiro federal university and the education ministry, was founded in 1818.
It houses several landmark collections, including Egyptian artifacts 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.