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  Jack Greeney Page 1 of 6  Jack Greeney An introduction At the time, the Plague was still an epidemic – atfull rage. But then another disaster struck London.One that burned down over 13,000 houses anddemolished 89 churches. It was the Great Fire of London.On the eventful morning of September thesecond, 1666, at 2 am, the terrible fire destroyed thetown centre of London. Fire The Great Fire of London started in the homeand workplace of the King’s baker, Thomas Farriner. No one knows exactly how the fire began, butevidence clearlyshows it was anaccident. Thomasand his familymanaged to escapethe fire, all but amaid, who refusedto jump from anupstairs window. Page 2 of 6  Jack Greeney  The Mayor of London At this time, the fire was only minor – quite smallcompared to previous fires. The mayor of London(Thomas Bludworth) was called to help give orders.But the mayor had insisted on staying in bed, after hehad become drunk the night earlier, and was weary.After finally getting out of bed, the Parish Constablesasked him what to do. But the mayor seemed to be intotal doubt that the fire would spread stating that thefire was so small, ‘a woman might piss it out’. Spread Like Butter. The fire was still minor compared to other fires, but on this occasion, a strong Easterly wind was blowing, and the fire was pushed along tightly packedstreets and houses. The fire easily spread, catchingfrom house to house. The house next to the Baker’swas a warehouse full of coal, timber, oils, tar, spiritsand other combustibles, so the fire spread even morequickly.The fire spread in two ways: by igniting whatwas next to it and constantly spreading outward, or  Page 3 of 6  Jack Greeney going outward because of the strong easterly wind,which carried embers and sparks across gaps. The people of London could only make fire breaks, or usewater from the river Thames to throw at the fire.But the fire was too strong and the technologytoo basic to move the quantity of water needed. So the people moved on to using the fire breaks.Unfortunately, the firebreaks proved not to be useful.The winds were now strong enough to carry embersacross huge gaps - many claim across the space of twenty houses – and for the first couple of days peoplesimply couldn’t create firebreaks fast enough and far enough to stop the flames advancing.  TheDamage At least 13,000houses, 88 churches(including St Paul’sCathedral), 6 chapels, 3city gates, four bridges, a prison, many famous andimportant buildings and 52 company halls, weredestroyed in this massive Page 4 of 6   St.Paul’s Cathedral on fire.
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