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The Great Fire Of London Essay

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Though they were not wanted, “Fires were not uncommon in seventeenth-century London” (Cowie, 59). Fires weren’t the only things that London residents worried about though. In 1665 a tragedy known as the Black Plague had occurred and killed many people in the city and though the plague was gone “People continued to fear another outbreak of plague for the rest of the seventeenth century” (Cowie, 56-57). The Great Fire of London was a tragedy that destroyed a whole city and scared all the people who inhabited it. Just as the city was recovering from the Great Plague, the inhabitants had to flee the city once again- this time not as a result of a disease, but the result of a human accident ...view middle of the document...

“Nothing was initially done about the fire. Charles the 2nd did something about it though (Cowie, 63).
By the time Charles the 2nd caught word of the happening the “London Bridge was burning but only a third of the bridge was burned…” (“London’s Burning: The Great Fire”, 1). Knowing he had to save the city and the people, he had to think fast. “He then ordered that the rations stored for the navy be given to those who had fled the city” (“The Great Fire of London of 1666”, 1). After taking care of the city people he then had to think of a way to stop the fire. The fire fighters weren’t able to put out the fire with water from the truck so what was left? “King Charles had a plan to create fore-breakers which meant knocking down buildings and taking away the wood to starve the fire” (“The Great Fire of London of 1666”, 1). Though this process took awhile it was eventually done. “The fire wasn’t contained for long. It ended up jumping the breaker at Marcer’s Hall and consumed Cheapside (the wealthiest street) (“London’s Burning: The Great Fire”, 1). “The fire was spread by the wind which in the end blew the fire back to where everything was already burned. There was nothing to ignite and the fire died out” (“The Great Fire of London of 1666”, 1).
“The fire lasted for 3 days and it burned 13,200 houses” (“London’s Burning: The Great Fire”, 2). The fire had destroyed 373 acres of the city, 84 churches, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and 44 company halls. And though the fire destroyed so much the human casualty was remarkably small with only 5 people dying. The next thing to do now was to start rebuilding the city. “The fire helped the city of London by sterilizing and destroying what was left from the Black Plague” (“The Great Fire of London of...

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