In one of the great disasters of the 17th century, on September 2, 1666, the Great Fire of London ended, destroying nearly 10000 buildings in the prestigious city. Hardest hit was the medieval center of the city, including areas up to the ancient Roman wall that had been prominent for centuries. A combination of strong winds and hesitancy from city officials allowed the fire to spread quickly, displacing many refugess and threatening nearly all of the suburban slums. Charles II, who was the King of England at the time, feared a rebellion from the displaced refugees, as many were evacuated to the countryside.
Today In History- September 2
The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings including St. Paul's Cathedral.
1666 London fires destroys city and burns for days.
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