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Museum of Chinese in America Fire Likely Destroys Thousands of Items

Firefighter removing another out a window via a ladder

85,000 items, some dating to the 19th century, told the rich story of the Chinese migration to the United States have been destroyed in a fire, reports The New York Times.

The fire broke out Thursday night at 70 Mulberry Street, in a former school that educated generations of immigrants before becoming a cherished cultural landmark in the neighborhood. In addition to the museum’s storage, the building housed a senior center, the Chen Dance Center and a number of community groups.