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Students and National Museum employees protest outside the institution after it was gutted by an overnight fire in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 3, 2018.

The museum's director said part of the collection was destroyed but that it was not possible yet to detail what was lost. Some critics have accused the government of diverting funds that had been meant to restore and renovate the museum.

Beuthner said he had been fielding calls from Jews in Israel and several Latin American countries since the fire inquiring about the scrolls.

He was responding to a question about Luzia, the name given to one of the oldest examples of human remains in the Americas.

President Michel Temer announced Monday that private and public banks, as well as mining giant Vale and state-run oil company Petrobras, have agreed to help rebuild the museum and reconstitute its collections.

How did the fire start?

Brazil's culture minister Sergio Leitao told local media that the fire was likely caused by either an electrical short-circuit or a homemade paper hot-air balloon that may have landed on the roof.

Earlier this summer, a server crash wiped out the digital archive at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and in 2014 a fire broke out at the Musee de la Civilisation in Quebec City where no artifacts were harmed. As a result, Robadey told the Associated Press that firefighters were forced to collect water from a lake close by, reported the BBC.

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The Museum of Anthropology has a similar ladle but it wasn't as intricate as the one that was destroyed, Duffek said.

What has the reaction been?

Police in riot gear responded to some of the protesters with batons, pepper spray, and tear gas.

We will remind, in Brazil burned down the oldest Museum with the treasures inside.

"We fought years ago, in different governments, to obtain resources to adequately preserve everything that was destroyed today", Dias Duarte told journalists.

One issue appears to be the lack of a sprinkler system. "It is a very important monument for the history of both countries", the minister said arriving at the Royal Portuguese Reading Office in Rio de Janeiro, where he was scheduled to open the 9th workshop on Luso-Brazilian research.

Also contained in the museum were historic documents chronicling two centuries of Brazilian history.

The flames tore through hundreds of rooms containing some 20 million artefacts. However the fireside doubtlessly consumed endless diversified items of Brazil's patrimony: dinosaur bones, passe mummies, recordings of extinct indigenous languages, myriad artifacts that predated the advent of Europeans and even temple frescoes eliminated from the Roman metropolis of Pompeii and transported all by the Atlantic. As we're prone to mentioning when the museum comes up in conversation, what you see when you wander the Hall of Gems or look at the awesome Mummies exhibit is only a small fraction of the treasure that fills the enormous building. Moderately just a few museum workers reportedly rushed internal the constructing while the fireside raged, hoping to rescue what study they'd from their work stations.