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Great Fire of London

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The Great Fire of London, also known as the Great Fire of 1666, was a major fire that swept through the City of London over the span of four days in September of 1666. The fire destroyed tens of thousands of buildings, but the death toll resulting from the blaze is unknown. Firefighting measures at the time were ineffective in stopping the blaze at first, and many foreigners were blamed for starting the fire or contributing to its spread and then attacked. Interestingly, some scholars feel that the fire may have in fact helped the citizens of London in the long run, as the fire destroyed unsanitary housing, as well as killed rats and flees that would spread plague. This theory has some merit due to the fact that no major plague infected London after the great fire of 1666.

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