A massive fire engulfs the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, one of Brazil's oldest, on September 2, 2018.
AFP / Carl De Souza
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A huge fire engulfed Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, lighting up the night sky with towering flames as firefighters and museum workers raced to save historical relics from the blaze. The esteemed museum, which houses artifacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil, was closed to the public at the time of the fire at 7:30 p.m. Sunday local time.There were no reports of injuries, the museum said, and it wasn't immediately clear how the fire began.Robadey said firefighters got off to a slow start fighting the blaze because the two fire hydrants closest to the museum were not functioning.
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