The Great Fire Of London: 80% Of London Burned Down In 1666

A large fire breaks out in London, in the house of the baker of Charles II of England, Pudding Lane near London Bridge. The fire rages for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings, including the Cathedral of St. Paul, but just 16 people have lost their liv

Fifteenth-century London was a crowded, dirty, polluted place with wooden buildings topped by tar-covered roofs, built close together along narrow streets. Residents used fire to heat their homes, cook their meals, and see in the dark, and firefighting techniques consisted mostly of a bucket brigade. It was a recipe for disaster. That disaster erupted on September 2, 1666, when the Great Fire of London broke out near London Bridge and swept quickly through the city. When the flames were extinguished four days later, roughly 80% of London was destroyed.