In pictures: Brazil national museum in flames

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The blaze broke out late on Sunday evening, and firefighters have been unable to bring it under control.
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The fire lit up the night sky, and sent plumes of smoke over the city of Rio de Janeiro.
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No injuries have been reported, but valuable national treasures were contained inside, and there are fears that many may be lost.
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Firefighters have been desperately trying to retrieve items of cultural and historical significance from inside the burning building.
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Among them were 20,000 items related to the history of Brazil and other countries, with many collections coming from members of Brazil's royal family.
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The museum also housed artefacts from Egypt, Greco-Roman art and some of the first fossils found in Brazil. It includes important dinosaur bones and a 12,000-year-old human skeleton of a woman - the oldest ever found in the Americas.
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"This is a cultural tragedy," the director of the National Museum told Brazil's Globo TV.
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"Two hundred years of work and research and knowledge are lost," Brazilian President Michel Temer said. It is not yet known how the fire began.