On the evening of September 8 1727 a group of puppeteers were giving a show in the Cambridgeshire village of Burwell. A barn was converted into a makeshift theatre for the much-anticipated show, and more people than could be accommodated arrived to see it. Expecting trouble from the people who were turned away, the showmen nailed shut the barn doors to prevent them forcing their way inside. It is not known if the incident was arson or accident but an oil lamp was upturned just outside the doors and fire quickly spread to the thatched roof and the hay inside the barn. In all 78 people were killed in the fire, 51 of whom were children.
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