Back Fighting the Fire
There was no fire brigade at the time of the Great Fire and the equipment available was very basic.

People had to carry water from the River Thames in buckets and so got very tired.

King Charles II instructed the Mayor to pull down any houses needed to stop the spread of the fire by using explosives or firehooks. This was very difficult however because the houses were very tightly packed together and many of the streets were blocked with people escaping.

The fire was finally extinguished on 5th September when the wind dropped.