EFESão Paulo, Brazil

Dozens of firefighters on Thursday were trying to extinguish a large fire that destroyed part of a storage warehouse of São Paulo's Cinemateca Brasileira, the Brazilian film archive with the largest collection of moving images in Latin America.

A fleet of 15 fire trucks attended the blaze in the Vila Leopoldina neighborhood, in the west of São Paulo, and about 70 firefighters managed to control the fire, which began just after 6 pm local time (21:00 GMT).

The blaze is suspected to have started as technicians carried out air conditioning maintenance, and firefighter captain Karina Paula Moreira told journalists it was under control about two hours later, although it had not yet been extinguished.

She added the fire started in a historical film collection and archive section on the first floor of the building and spread through three rooms, although the ground floor was not affected.