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Fire in Brazil museum destroys priceless artifacts from over 11,000 years

A massive fire raced through Brazil's 200-year-old National Museum in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, probably destroying its collection of more than 20 million items, ranging from archaeological finds to historical memorabilia.

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A meteorite on exhibit at the National Museum is seen through a door after an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro. Firefighters dug through the burned-out hulk of Brazil’s National Museum on Monday, a day after fire gutted the building, as the country mourned the irreplaceable treasures lost and pointed fingers over who was to blame. (AP Photo)

Firefighters and museum personnel carry away a burnt painting from the National Museum. (AP Photo)

The National Museum stands gutted after an overnight fire. (AP Photo)

The National Museum, seen from above, stands gutted. (AP Photo)

Flames engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. According to its website, the museum has thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries. The museum is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

A National Museum worker organizes pieces rescued from an overnight fire at the museum. (AP Photo)

Firefighters spray the flames at the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. According to its website, the museum has thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries. The museum is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

People watch as flames engulf the 200-year-old National Museum of Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. According to its website, the museum has thousands of items related to the history of Brazil and other countries. The museum is part of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

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