Notre Dame Cathedral ravaged by fire

Paris's 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral, a landmark recognized around the world, suffered heavy damage on Monday when a fire started in the attic and was quickly fueled by the centuries-old timbers that supported the famed structure.

While a large portion of the structure survived, the 13th-century oak roof was destroyed, as was the central spire, which was added during a 19th-century restoration project. The bell towers seen below, immortalized in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, survived.

No one was killed, and three people suffered only minor injuries.

The fire has been pronounced "an accident." Donors worldwide are joining with agencies of the French government in pledging millions of euros for its restoration.

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