How the Great Fire of London reshaped a city
The inferno that gutted Britain's medieval capital
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In the early hours of Sunday, September 2, 1666, a fire broke out in a bakery on a narrow street in the City of London. What began as a relatively small blaze turned into a fierce inferno that became known as the Great Fire of London. By the time it was extinguished four days later, 13,000 houses had been destroyed and some of the most historic buildings in the English capital incinerated. Fortunately, casualty numbers were low. But London had to be almost totally reconstructed. Out of the ashes, however, a new and safer city emerged.
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