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THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON

by Alizée MATTEI and Alexandre GONZALEZ

In 1666, London, a very large medieval city, underwent a tragic accident. It began in the premises of a baker very early in the morning in Pudding Lane.
We don’t know exactly how it started but we think that an oil lamp, a candle or ovens may have been the cause of the fire.
London had been threatened by a fire for a long time because of the narrow and overpopulated streets.
A late reaction allowed the fire to spread and the London people were quickly overwhelmed. Londoners’ suffering lasted between four and five days because of the debris which continued smouldering.
The most terrible consequence of this tragedy was the thousands of homeless people. Indeed, about fourteen thousand houses burnt because they were timber houses. Eighty-seven churches were destroyed and St Paul’s Cathedral too.


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