Rio’s 200-year old National Museum engulfed by fire

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A fire ripped through a museum in Brazil on Sunday, threatening its collection of more than 20 million items from fossils to Egyptian artefacts.

No information yet on potential deaths, injuries, cause of the fire or extent of damage at Rio’s Museu Nacional.

The museum, which was founded in 1818, houses several landmark collections including Egyptian artefacts and the oldest human fossil found in Brazil.

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