Brazil’s National Museum burns weeks before improvements to fire system were set to begin

(CNN)Brazilian investigators said they don’t know what caused a fire that ripped through the National Museum, destroying perhaps millions of items and a large part of the nation’s cultural heart.

One thing was clear as firefighters doused embers: The building’s fire suppression system was inadequate. And in a cruel twist, the fire occurred a month before improvements were to begin.
A project to improve the fire system had been approved in June, and the funds were expected in October, Roberto Leher, dean of the Rio de Janeiro Federal University, told reporters Monday.

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