The Great Fire of London

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The Great Fire of London

Post  AnaMartinez on Sun May 13, 2012 3:52 pm

The Great Fire of London was a big uncontrolled fire that swept through the central parts of London. The fire went on from Sunday, 2 September to Wednesday, 5 September 1666. The fire completely destroyed the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall, and it burned down 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St. Paul's Cathedral and most of the buildings of the City authorities. The fire destroyed the homes of 70,000 of the City's 80,000 inhabitants (estimated). The death toll is still unknown, but only six deaths had been verified and recorded. Then, it was discovered that only the deaths of the rich were recorded, while the middle and lower class were not. The fire might had killed thousands of people, only from the middle and poor class.

The Great Fire started at the bakery of Thomas Farriner, and then, shortly after, the fire spread rapidly throughout the city of London. The firefighters couldn't do much since this was a long time ago and they didn't have the modern technology we do today, plus the wind had already fanned the bakery fire into a firestorm. The fire went north on Monday, into the heart of the City.Many rumors started spreading, saying that foreigners were starting the fires, while the homeless said that it was the French and the Dutch that had stated the fire.

The fire was said to have stopped by two major factors. For one, the winds had finally died down, and the Tower of London used gunpowder to create effective firebreaks to stop further spread eastward.After the fire had died, the city suffered many economical and social problems. Charles II strongly recommended to evacuate the city, fearing rebellion from the people. Fortunately, London was reconstructed. They used the same street plan they had used before the fire. Today, London is a beautiful and strong city that is known all over the world.


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