On this day in history, September 5, 1666... The last of the fires of the Great Fire of London were extinguished. The fire began on September 2, 1666 and spread to over 70,000 homes and nearly 90 churches, including St Paul's Cathedral. While it threatened the the aristocratic district of Westminster, Charles II's Palace of Whitehall, and most of the suburban slums, the did not reach those areas. Although it was a massive fire destroying nearly all of London, only six people are known to have died.