PARIS — The City of Light is waking up to support from around the world from people mourning the devastating fire that damaged the Notre Dame cathedral on Monday.
- Firefighters battled blaze for more than 12 hours
- 2 police officers, 1 firefighter hurt, officials say
- INTERACTIVE: See Notre Dame Before and After the Fire ▼
- RELATED: PHOTOS: Fire Engulfs World-Renowned Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris
French firefighters said that after more than a 12 hour battle to extinguish the flames that engulfed the Catholic cathedral, their efforts were successful.
A spokesman for the Paris firefighters, Gabriel Plus, declared that "the entire fire is out."
Firefighters were hunting for any remaining smoldering residues of the fire overnight to make sure the fire does not restart.
However, a building that was made famous in Victor Hugo's 1831 novel The Hunchback of Notre Dame is now damaged, with its famed spire and roof gone in the flames.
"The task is — now the risk of fire has been put aside — about the building, how the structure will resist," said Junior Interior Minister Laurent Nunez in front of the cathedral, reported the Associated Press.
Officials say that preliminarily, they think the fire an accident, a result of the restoration work being done at the global architectural treasure.
Paris fire officials said they saved many of the priceless artworks inside of Notre Dame, and the building was not destroyed.
The Paris Fire Brigade said in a tweet that two police officers and a firefighter "were slightly injured."
2/2 Après plus de 9h de combats acharnés, près de 400 pompiers de Paris sont venus à bout de l’effroyable l’incendie. 2 policiers et un sapeur-pompier ont été légèrement blessés. pic.twitter.com/re9ZR0KB3W— Pompiers de Paris (@PompiersParis) April 16, 2019
The devastating fire saddened Catholics and many others in not just France, but throughout the world.
Many mourned, and others offered support.
The Orlando Catholic Diocese is among those who shared its support for Paris, saying that its members are praying for the people experiencing this terrible tragedy, especially now during Holy Week.
"We need to lift it up to... the people both in prayer but also in finance into that joy of the resurrection," Father Chris Dorsey said.
Many people around the world have begun to do just that, pledging their support for France with prayers and money.
French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault, who is married to actress Salma Hayek, has pledged to donate almost $113 million to help rebuild the historic cathedral. In the Tampa Bay area, Big Ray's Fish Camp plans to donate part of Good Friday proceeds to the Notre Dame rebuild.
And world leaders are also standing with Paris during what will now be a rebuilding process.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in says the damage was "a loss for all of us" and called for the world to come together to rebuild the Paris landmark.
INTERACTIVE: Before and After
Take a closer look at the extent of damage to Notre Dame by sliding the center bar on each image below.
The image on the left was taken from the Cathedral of Notre Dame's Facebook page, and is from last year's Bastille Day celebrations.
The Interior Ceiling:
The image on the left was taken from the Cathredral of Notre Dame's Facebook page, and is from Armistice Day last November.
The image on the left is a file photo from Wikimedia Commons.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.