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  • Though  the fire was put out in three days, London was  still smoldering for months.
  • The ten-month drought didn't help either. 
  • To prevent the disaster from ever happening again, narrow streets were replaced with wide avenues.
  • Houses were to be made of brick, not wood. Several cathedrals were rebuilt with Portland stone and started a new age of architecture. Even hanging wooden signs were banned.
  • This has been neglected far too long!
  • This was rectified, and here is where the fire hydrant system started.
  • Believe it or not, the water pipes were also made out of wood. Almost the entire water supply infrastructure was destroyed.
  • When people were trying to extract water during the fire, the water just leaked and ran dry, so the water supply altogether stopped.
  • New fire regulations said citizens were not to break pipes purposefully, and the pipes themselves were to be located in convenient location where they could be clearly seen.
  • Sound familiar? (Like no parking in front of fire hydrants?)
  • After almost 80,000 people were left homeless, the burnt homes were finally rebuilt 10 years later in 1676.
  • Before the Great Fire of London, the Great Plague of London was raging. The Great Plague was the last big epidemic of bubonic plague in England.and untrue to popular belief, the Great Fire did NOT stop the Great Plague.
  • Altogether, the Great Fire  of London had positive and negative impacts.
  • But it also left us with the fire hydrant system.  It  also  helped people realize that wood houses and narrow streets aren't the best idea.
  • "Thomas Farriner - Wikipedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.18 May 2017. Web. 10 Nov 2017. . Davies, Sian. “Five Ways the Great Fire Changed London.” BBC News, 23 July 2016, www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-36774166. https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/application/file s/651 4/55 11/5493/what-happened- great-fir e-london.pdf
  • It destroyed 100,000 buildings including homes and cathedrals. It left damage that took 10 years to repair. There was an even bigger drought afterwards. 80,000 were left homeless. Crops and livestock were killed and destroyed.
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