Firefighters battle massive blaze at Brazil museum

Brazil museum fire

Brazil museum fire

Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, which is one the largest museums of natural history in Latin America, has been destroyed in a massive fire, just months after the building marked its 200th anniversary.

A fire blazes at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil September 2, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media.

The conflagration began once the museum was closed and Reuters reports that the cause of the blaze is yet to be determined.

The fire began at 7.30pm local time and quickly spread throughout the building, and on Sunday evening the flames did not appear to be reducing.

Sgt. Moises Torres from the state's firefighting headquarters said there was no immediate information about injuries.

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Brazil's President Michel Temer said in a tweet that it was a "sad day for all Brazilians", adding: "The value of our history can not be measured by the damage to the building".

Representatives from the fire department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Founded in 1818, the museum is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

"Today, is a tragic day for the museology of our country, two hundred years of work, research and knowledge were lost". Another priceless artifact, a 5.5-ton meteorite discovered in Brazil in 1784, was also housed within the museum.

The museum houses thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries, according to its website.

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