Gloominess has descended on the Brazilian Nation, as the South American nation has lost its 200-year-old history museum to a raging inferno despite efforts by firefighters to douse the massive flames.
Rio Museu Nacional has the Museum is known, located in Rio de Janeiro, got engulfed in fire Sunday night after the building had closed for the day, according to O Globo.
Although the museum reportedly had infrastructure problems in recent years, the cause of the fire has not been ascertained.
Sgt. Moises Torres, of the state’s firefighting headquarters, said it wasn’t known if anyone was injured in the blaze.
“Two hundred years of work, investigation and knowledge have been lost,” President Michel Temer tweeted.
The museum is Brazil’s oldest. Sérgio Sá Leitão, the country’s culture minister, told the newsmen how tragic it was to see the museum in flames, and, according to a translation of his remarks, said the fire “could certainly have been avoided.”
The Museum which is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro is a home to important artifacts that relate with the history of the Brazilian people and other nation.
Many of its collections came from members of Brazil’s royal family, officials said.