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London model set ablaze to mark Great Fire anniversary

Associated Press Associated Press 5/09/2016
A 120-metre long sculpture of the 17th-century London skyline is set alight in a retelling of the story of the Great Fire of London in 1666, in London, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The event was part of a collaboration between American 'burn' artist David Best and Artichoke, commemorating the Great Fire of London in 1666. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein) © The Associated Press A 120-metre long sculpture of the 17th-century London skyline is set alight in a retelling of the story of the Great Fire of London in 1666, in London, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. The event was part of a collaboration between American 'burn' artist David Best and Artichoke, commemorating the Great Fire of London in 1666. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON — A large wooden model of 17th-century London has been set ablaze to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London that ripped through the city in 1666.

The unusual 120-meter-long (390-foot-long) model was set on fire Sunday night on the River Thames, producing spectacular flames against the backdrop of the city skyline.

The burning marked the finale of a festival marking the epic four-day fire that destroyed much of the walled city in 1666. About 13,000 homes and businesses were destroyed in the calamity.

The event was part of a collaboration between American artist David Best and Artichoke, which organized a six-day retelling of the story of the Great Fire that included art installations, performances, guided tours and lectures.

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