Brazil's Latin America Memorial catches fire

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Smoke pours out of the Simon Bolivar auditorium at the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The fire department of Brazil's biggest city says a fire swept through the large auditorium that is part of the political, cultural and leisure complex designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. No casualties were reported. Two firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Smoke pours out of the Simon Bolivar auditorium at the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The fire department of Brazil's biggest city says a fire swept through the large auditorium that is part of the political, cultural and leisure complex designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. No casualties were reported. Two firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)


Firefighters in Brazil tackled a major blaze at Sao Paulo's Latin America Memorial, a large auditorium designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer.

The Associated Press reports that fire officials said the 1,600-seat building was empty at the time of the fire.

Two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation.


Firefighters work a fire that swept through the Simon Bolivar Auditorium at the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The fire department of Brazil's biggest city says a fire swept through the large auditorium that is part of the political, cultural and leisure complex designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. No casualties were reported. Two firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Firefighters work a fire that swept through the Simon Bolivar Auditorium at the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The fire department of Brazil's biggest city says a fire swept through the large auditorium that is part of the political, cultural and leisure complex designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. No casualties were reported. Two firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)



According to the BBC, at least 15 firefighters were injured.

The cause of the fire and extent of the damage is unknown.

A tapestry by Brazilian artist Tomie Ohtake may have been destroyed.


A firefighter watches from a cherry picker as water is sprayed into the Simon Bolivar Auditorium at the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The fire department of Brazil's biggest city says a fire swept through the large auditorium that is part of the political, cultural and leisure complex designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. No casualties were reported. Two firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
A firefighter watches from a cherry picker as water is sprayed into the Simon Bolivar Auditorium at the Latin America Memorial in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Nov. 29, 2013. The fire department of Brazil's biggest city says a fire swept through the large auditorium that is part of the political, cultural and leisure complex designed by famed architect Oscar Niemeyer. No casualties were reported. Two firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)



The Latin America Memorial was built in the city in 1989 to promote the cultural, political, social and economic integration of Latin America.

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