How Many People Died in the Great Fire of London?


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Although the London Fire Brigade did not exist at the time, it lists the death toll from the Great Fire of London at six. Historians state that indirect causes resulted in countless additional deaths for months after the fire.

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How Many People Died in the Great Fire of London?
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The fire was hot enough to cremate victims completely, and John Evelyn referenced the smell of burning bodies in his diary. The fire was started by a London baker, Thomas Faynor, a fact that was unknown during and immediately after the fire. Samuel Pepys wrote that, in the aftermath, foreigners were blamed, attacked and sometimes murdered. Approximately 100,000 people were left homeless by the fire, and some died from starvation, exposure and disease while living in camps for survivors.

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