Categories: Breaking NewsCulture

Brazil’s National Museum engulfed by flames Sunday evening, ‘irreparable damages’ sources say

Brazil’s National Museum burst into flames Sunday evening at 7:30 PM. The museum contained 20 million items, including the oldest human remains to be discovered in the Americas. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined and firefighters suspect that very little will be saved.

The building was originally the residence and court of the Portuguese royal family during the Napoleonic era and was later converted into a museum.

“The loss of the National Museum’s collection is insurmountable for Brazil” said President Michel Temer.

A number of museum researchers, academics and employees came out to the scene of the fire to lament the loss of its collection. Firefighters were able to eventually save some items from the collection but fear that most of the damage will be irreparable.

The museum was managed by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Employees cited the dilapidated and underfunded state of the museum as potential causes for the conflagration.

We fought years ago, in different governments, to obtain resources to adequately preserve everything that was destroyed today,” said deputy museum director Luiz Fernando Dias Duarte.

Among the lost artifacts were the oldest remains ever discovered in Brazil. “Luzia” was a prominent feature of the museum’s exhibit- an 11’000 year old skeleton of a 25 year old woman. A Roman fresco retrieved from Pompeii is also believed to have been lost in the fire.

The surprise fire comes at a time where Brazil faces an increasing state of economic uncertainty and growing political violence on the streets.

Cosmin Dzsurdzsa

Recent Posts

Toronto hotel gets one star reviews since accepting refugees due to harassment and overcrowding complaints

Another customer stressed that the hotel is not safe for children and complained about unacceptable conduct from teenagers towards his…

2 days ago

Conversation, Not Censorship Is the Path YouTube Should Follow

The only way to defeat bad ideas is with better ideas.

2 days ago

Does the Conservative party have a future in Quebec? What about the immigration debate? An interview with Benjamin Tremblay PART 2

The future of the Conservative party in Quebec is diminished by Maxime Bernier's new party

3 days ago

Scrapped! Ford government tears down Wynne’s costly Green Energy Act

Conservative Premier Doug Ford officially announces plan to repeal the Liberal government's Green Energy Act.

3 days ago

America’s Congressional deadline to finalize NAFTA deal nearing, Canadian Foreign Minister will not settle

Foreign Affairs Minister, Chrystia Freeland, has revealed to reporters in Washington that her intention to maintain NAFTA is rooted on…

3 days ago

Is Trudeau serious about developing the Trans-Mountain pipeline?

Although PM Justin Trudeau assures the public that the Trans-Mountain expansion will be completed, his political alliances are casting doubt…

4 days ago