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Bell towers of Notre Dame are saved but inferno reduces much of the medieval cathedral to ashes in just an HOUR

Bell towers of Notre Dame are saved but inferno reduces much of the medieval cathedral to ashes in just an HOUR -- President Macron said in a speech outside Notre Dame on Monday he was planning to rebuild the cathedral --Pictures from around the city posted on social media showed flames licking up Notre Dame's famous spire --The fire was first reported at 5.50pm (GMT) on Monday and the building was evacuated soon afterwards --Firefighters battled for hours to try and stop the blaze amid fears the entire structure could be toppled --Late on Monday evening, fire chiefs said the fire had eventually been stopped and the main structure saved | 15 April 2019 | French President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre Dame with help from the international community after a devastating fire gutted the famous cathedral on Monday night. Speaking just hours after the roof of the 850-year-old building caved in, Macron told the world's assembled press that a national fundraising campaign to restore Notre Dame would be launched Tuesday, and he called on the world's 'greatest talents' to help. The French leader credited the 'courage' and 'great professionalism' of firefighters with sparing Notre Dame's facade and two landmark towers from being destroyed. Late on Monday evening fire chiefs confirmed that the structure of the cathedral has been saved, despite initial fears it may be entirely destroyed.