The iconic Easter Island statues have been damaged in a fire, authorities say

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A photo shared by the municipality of Rapa Nui shows damage to the Easter Island statues after a fire.

The sculpted figures on Rapa Nui, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, suffered “irreparable” damage. The municipality’s mayor said he believed the fire was not an accident.

(Image credit: Municipality of Rapa Nui/Screenshot by NPR)

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