By YKA Staff:
Between 1:30 and 2:00 am, a massive fire broke out in Delhi’s Natural History Museum, gutting the 6-storeyed building. Mr. Atul Garg, Additional Director, Delhi Fire Services, told the Hindu that “The entire building has been destroyed”. “The water system in the building was not working, and we had to arrange for water to be brought from a nearby metro station – that was the reason there was so much damage. If the water was working we could have saved a lot more of the building,” a spokesperson from the fire service told The Guardian.
Among the collection that was destroyed was a bone from a sauropod dinosaur, estimated to be 160 million years old. According to The Guardian, it may have belonged to one of the largest animals to have walked the earth. Twitter was brimming with anger and sadness, with users hoping that the museum is rebuilt, and that we actually start caring more about places that preserve our history.
WATCH: Fire which broke out at Delhi's Natural History Museum at around 2 am today morning (earlier visuals)https://t.co/ygh6K86G4Y
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 26, 2016
The FICCI/natural history museum in Delhi is still smoking, but the fire is gone. pic.twitter.com/L1Zn0ncfPB
— Huizhong Wu (@huizhong_wu) April 26, 2016
Horrid to see Delhi 's Natural History museum gutted in a fire. Million childhood memories tied to it. Was right next to my school as well
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) April 26, 2016
What!! Delhi's National History museum destroyed in fire? This is just so tragic 🙁 million memories associated with that place
— Sunanda Vashisht (@sunandavashisht) April 26, 2016
Fire destroys natural history museum, Delhi.. Hope there are no casualties. As a kid, so many memories. Sigh!! https://t.co/o7iu2Xk5K1
— Khal-Nair (@nitinnair81) April 26, 2016
— Shalini (@ShaliniAustin) April 26, 2016
A fire gutted the Zoological museum in Kolkata then the national ecological museum in Delhi. Am I the only one who is trying to see a link?
— Tanmoy Ibrahim (@tanmoysermon) April 26, 2016
Hope there's a new, state-of-the-art #NaturalHistoryMuseum in Delhi to give another kid some cool memories even twenty-thirty years from now
— awesomejeera godavar (@godavar) April 26, 2016
— Ankit Sharma (@ankit_sharmank) April 26, 2016