Great Fire of London
British fire (1666)
The Great Fire of London began in the King Charles II bakery in Pudding Lane on September 2, 1666 and raged for three days, gutting the medieval City of London inside the old Roman City Wall. The fire consumed 13,200 houses and 87 churches, including St. Paul's Cathedral. It is believed that the loss of life was relatively small, but the fire took the homes of the vase majority of citizens, as well as many government buildings and essential businesses. At the same time, the fire wiped out the Black Rat population at a time when the Plague, or "Black Death," had re-emerged.
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