London marks 350th anniversary of its “Great Fire”

LONDON (NBC) — London marked the 350th anniversary of its “Great Fire” with a fiery show on the river Thames Sunday night.

American artist David Best designed the 394-foot-long model of the 17th-century London skyline that was floated on the river and set on fire.

The Great Fire of London began at a bakery on Sunday, Sept. 2, 1666.

Five days later, 80 percent of the city was burned. Tens of thousands of people were homeless, but fewer than 10 people died from the flames.

The art installation that took two months to build was quickly burned to ashes.

Fire crews were on hand to extinguish the flames at the end of the performance.