I’m a firestarter
1666AD, 2nd September, Pudding Lane, London. Thomas Farriner a baker in Pudding Lane has gone to bed unaware of what is about to happen later that night. Just after midnight a fire breaks out in his home and bakery.
He and his family are trapped upstairs, and later climb from an upstairs window to the house next door, except for a maidservant who was too frightened to try, and became the first victim. The neighbours come and try to put the fire out but don’t succeed. The fire goes on for another 4 days and is stopped final by the creation of firebreaks. These are made by demolishing houses in the fires path which in turn starves the fire of fuel.
The fire brought about many changes to London including the materials used in buildings – timber and thatch were soon to become a material of the past and the design, where the jetted fronts became unpopular.