WATCH: Fire breaks out at site of new Egyptian museum in Giza

A fire broke out on Sunday at the building site of the new Egyptian museum but caused no significant damage or injuries, Egyptian officials said.

Firefighters were working to extinguish the fire, which appeared to have consumed wooden scaffolding at the construction site of the new Grand Egyptian Museum.

It is located near the famed pyramids of Giza just outside Cairo, the state news agency MENA reported, citing security officials.

Footage circulating on social media showed flames and plumes of thick black smoke rising over the entrance of the museum.

The museum covers about 490,000 square meters (586,120 square yards) and will house some of Egypt's most unique and precious artifacts, including many belonging to the famed boy King Tutankhamun.

In January, Egypt placed the ancient statue of one of its most famous pharaohs, Ramses II, in the entrance hall of the museum.

Egypt hopes the inauguration of the new museum, along with a string of recent discoveries, will help spur a vital tourism industry that has been reeling from the political turmoil that engulfed Egypt following the 2011 popular uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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