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written by LONDON FIRE JOURNAL on the 19th December 2017 at 18:19

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When flames devoured most on London in September 1666, the task of firefighting was left to local militias and able-bodied citizens.

he tower of parish churches were required by law to maintain a supply of firefighting gear, including long ladders, leather buckets, axes and fire hooks.

Rudimentary pumps and building demolition were also employed to halt flames.

It was a thin line of defense though and could do little to save London from the Great Fire of 1666.

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