MORNING STUMPER for Friday, September 2, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- On this day in 1666 the Great Fire of London broke out in the wee morning hours.

The fire quickly spread to warehouses filled with combustible material like lamp oil, coal, alcohol and candles.

With only a disorganized bucket brigade to fight the fire, it burned four four days and destroyed more than four-fifths of London and killed 16 people.

For today's stumper:

Where did the Great Fire of London begin?

A. Bakery
B. Stable
C. Blacksmith
D. Tavern

Scroll down for the answer.

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And the answer is:

A. Bakery

It was the king's own baker, Thomas Farrinor, who forgot to put out his oven.

At some point during the night sparks from the oven ignited nearby wood. Farrinor, his family, and a servant escaped, but his assistant died.

At least 100-thousand people were left homeless.

To prevent fires in the future, most new buildings were made of brick or stone and separated by thicker walls.

Copyright 2016 WCSH


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