Fire at Indian museum destroys rare collections


A massive fire has gutted a natural history museum in the Indian capital today destroying rare specimens of flora and fauna, the Indian environment minister said. The blaze broke out overnight on the sixth floor of the building that houses the museum in central Delhi and rapidly engulfed the other floors, a fire official said. Thirty-five fire fighters battled for hours to extinguish the blaze and five of them were taken to hospital suffering smoke inhalation, said a fire department official. Environment minister Prakash Javadekar said officials had yet to determine the full extent of the damage but old collections…

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