Great Fire of London
 
 
In
September
1666,
 
a
bakery
 
on
Pudding Lane
 
in
London
caught fire.
 
 
The
fire
spread
quickly
 
and
burnt
 
for
four days.
 
Only
six
people
are
believed
 
to
have
died,
 
but
over
 
13,000
houses
were
destroyed.
 
 
There
were
several
reasons
why
 
the
fire
 
spread
so
quickly.
 
 
The
houses
in
London
were
built
 
of
wood
 
 
and
straw
 
and
were
very
close to
each other.
 
 
There
 
had
just
been
 
a
long
hot
summer
 
with
very
little
rain.
 
This
meant
 
the
wooden
houses
were
especially
dry,
 
 
which
meant
they
burnt
quicker.
 
 
There
was
also
 
a
strong wind,
which
fanned
 
 
the
flames
 
and
blew
 
the
flames
from
house
 
to
house.