Top 10 facts about The Great Fire of London
The fire started in London, on Pudding Lane, in a bakers.
The fire started on Sunday, 2 September 1666. It lasted for 4 whole days.
We think the fire was started by a spark from the oven that could have come into contact with some fuel.
Back in 1666, they didn’t have proper firefighters like we have today which meant they didn’t have many tools to stop fires.
70,000 people had their homes destroyed. However, only 6 people lost their lives.
The fire totally ruined London. A total of 13,200 house and 87 churches were destroyed.
The wind caused the fire to spread fast. It ended up travelling 1 and a half miles in length.
There was a piece of pottery that was found by archaelogists. It had melted which told them that the fire had to have got up to 1,700 °C.
Businessmen started insurance companies. They had to be careful because if another fire started they could lose a lot of money.
Building regulations had to be brought in to stop this happening again. Instead of wood, brick had to be used on all houses.