The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London

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  • Pudding Lane
  • The fire started at 1am on Sunday morning on 2 September in Thomas Farriner’s bakery on Pudding Lane. 
  • Thomas Farynor's Bakery
  • It may have been caused by a spark from his oven falling onto a pile of fuel nearby. 
  • Thomas Farynor's Bakery
  • Houses at that period were made by wood/timber, so it would've been easy to catch fire to. Three hours later at 1am, his house was a blazing inferno.
  • At first, few were concerned – fires were such a common occurrence at the time. However, the fire moved quickly down Pudding Lane and carried on down Fish Hill and towards the River Thames. It spread rapidly, helped by a strong wind from the east. When it reached the Thames it hit warehouses stocked with combustible products including as oil and tallow.
  • As the fire was spreading so quickly most Londoners concentrated on escaping, rather than fighting the fire. They rescued as many of their belongings as they could carry and fled. many Londoners fled to the river and tried to load their goods onto boats to get away to safety. Other people rushed through the City gates and went to the fields outside London.  
  • demolishing houses was the best way to stop the fire, so they blew them upwith gunpowder, but this technique wasn’t used until the thirdday of the fire (Tuesday 4 September). Fire Posts, eachstaffed by 130 men, were set up around the City to fight theblaze. On Tuesday night the wind dropped and the fire-fighters finally gained control. By dawn on Thursday the firewas out.
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