Today in History
September 02, 1666
Fire! Fire! Fire!
On September 2, 1666 London baker Thomas Farrinor fails to fully smother the embers in his over before going to bed. Soon his house, and much of the city, is engulfed in flames. It is chaos, reports the London Gazette, with people "in night dresses rushing wildly about the streets crying piteously & praying to God." Farrinor's oversight is disastrous: four-fifths of the city, including St. Paul's Cathedral, is toast.
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