Brasilia, Brazil (AP) — A government warehouse for films, documents and antique projectors from the Brazilian film industry broke out in São Paulo on Thursday night.
According to the fire department, 15 fire trucks and 50 firefighters were on the scene trying to prevent the flames from spreading to a larger area of the building.
The warehouse is owned by the National Film Institute Cinemateca and has the largest collection of films in South America, partly made of the highly flammable material cellulose nitrate. The film in the warehouse was a copy for display, not the original, and the extent of the loss was not immediately apparent.
Last year, a flood in the same warehouse damaged part of the collection. In 2016, Cinemateca’s headquarters in another part of the city was also hit by a fire.
Prosecutors warned in a lawsuit filed last year that there was a risk of fire at the Cinemateca warehouse and accused the federal government of failing to maintain the building. The lawsuit also said there was a delay in paying the lab’s utilities and wages.
In April, Cinematec employees wrote an open letter condemning the institution’s abandonment and demanding that it be reopened after being closed for eight months.
Eduardo Morettin, a professor of audiovisual history at the University of São Paulo, saw firefighters working outside the building. “What we see here is part of the absolute ignorance of everything related to the memory of our country,” he said.
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