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Massive fire guts natural history museum in India's capital

  • Firefighters try to extinguish fire in the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A massive fire gutted India's National Museum of Natural History early Tuesday in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums, with exhibits on the country's plants, animals and mineral wealth. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Firefighters try to extinguish fire in the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A massive fire gutted India's National Museum of Natural History early Tuesday in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums, with exhibits on the country's plants, animals and mineral wealth. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Delhi Fire officials put out a fire in the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A massive fire gutted India's National Museum of Natural History early Tuesday in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums, with exhibits on the country's plants, animals and mineral wealth. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Delhi Fire officials put out a fire in the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A massive fire gutted India's National Museum of Natural History early Tuesday in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums, with exhibits on the country's plants, animals and mineral wealth. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

  • Firefighters try to extinguish fire in the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A massive fire gutted India's National Museum of Natural History early Tuesday in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums, with exhibits on the country's plants, animals and mineral wealth. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

    Firefighters try to extinguish fire in the National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. A massive fire gutted India's National Museum of Natural History early Tuesday in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums, with exhibits on the country's plants, animals and mineral wealth. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)  (The Associated Press)

An official says a massive fire has gutted India's National Museum of Natural History in New Delhi, one of the country's top museums.

Harinder Singh, a fire official, says firefighters took more than four hours to douse the blaze, which started early Tuesday on the top floor of the six-story museum. Thirty-five fire engines were called.

Singh says the entire building was gutted by the blaze.

Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says the damage caused to the museum was being assessed. An investigation into the cause of the fire has been ordered.

Singh says five firefighters overcome by a heavy smoke were taken to a hospital and released after being treated.

The state-run museum features exhibits on plants, animals and mineral wealth in India.