Today In History – September 2

The Great London Fire of September 2, 1666, was one of the most devastating events in the history of London. The fire started at a bakery on Pudding Lane and quickly spread throughout the city.

At the time, the city was already struggling to recover from the effects of the plague, which had killed thousands of people. The fire only added to the misery of the people of London.

The fire was able to spread so quickly due to a number of factors. First, London’s buildings were primarily made of wood and were very close together. Second, a strong wind blowing fanned the flames and made it very difficult for firefighters to control the fire.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters and volunteers, the fire raged on for four days, destroying more than thirteen thousand homes, eighty-seven churches, and many other important buildings.

The King, Charles II, ordered that all buildings be demolished to create firebreaks to stop the fire from spreading. This decision was controversial then, but it ultimately helped save the rest of the city from destruction.

The Great Fire of London had a profound impact on the city and its people. It led to major changes in the way buildings were constructed and fire prevention measures were put in place. It also had a lasting psychological impact on the people of London, who were left traumatized by the scale of the disaster.

In the aftermath of the fire, a number of theories emerged about its cause. Some people blamed Catholics, who were unpopular at the time, while others believed it was the work of foreign agents. However, the most likely cause was a simple accident in the bakery where the fire started.

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