About the story
It is the year 1666. London is an old city with lots of narrow streets. A lot of people are ill because there are rats in all the streets and the houses. One evening, a baker, Thomas Farriner, and his daughter, Harriet, are making bread.
It is late. ‘We must work quickly,’ says Thomas. ‘We need this bread for the King in the morning.’
Just then, Mary, the baker’s maid, comes in.
‘You’re late, Mary!’ says Thomas. ‘Sorry, Mr Farriner,’ says Mary.
Thomas, Harriet and Mary make bread for two hours. Then Mr Farriner’s wife, Anne, calls down to them. ‘Time for bed, girls,’ she says.
‘We’re just finishing,’ says Harriet.
Harriet and Mary go up to bed. Thomas takes the bread from the oven.
‘Good. The fire is nearly out now,’ thinks Thomas.
‘Thomas!’ calls Anne. ‘What are you doing? It’s very late.’
Thomas goes up to bed but he doesn’t close the oven door. An hour later the baker’s shop is on fire.
‘Wake up girls! Wake up!’ cries Anne. ‘The house is on fire!’