What are five historical facts that you learn about the fire and its aftermath in Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson?

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The fire described in the novel occurred in September 1776; it has become known as the Great Fire of 1776. It apparently began in a wooden building, a tavern near the White Hall Slip.

Only six days earlier, the British forces had successfully invaded New York City. The fire spread rapidly through the night, destroying 493 buildings. There were little to no firefighting efforts, and the destruction encompassed about a third of the city. The British soldiers who did try to extinguish it realized that saboteurs had damaged their equipment. They were quick to place the blame on the revolutionaries. Word spread, and the British took the opportunity to arrest 200...

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