The Mayor of London
At this time, the fire was only minor – quite smallcompared to previous fires. The mayor of London(Thomas Bludworth) was called to help give orders.But the mayor had insisted on staying in bed, after hehad become drunk the night earlier, and was weary.After finally getting out of bed, the Parish Constablesasked him what to do. But the mayor seemed to be intotal doubt that the fire would spread stating that thefire was so small, ‘a woman might piss it out’.
Spread Like Butter.
The fire was still minor compared to other fires, but on this occasion, a strong Easterly wind was blowing, and the fire was pushed along tightly packedstreets and houses. The fire easily spread, catchingfrom house to house. The house next to the Baker’swas a warehouse full of coal, timber, oils, tar, spiritsand other combustibles, so the fire spread even morequickly.The fire spread in two ways: by igniting whatwas next to it and constantly spreading outward, or
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