Victorian illustration to download showing a picture of a disastrous fire at a warehouse beside a quay on the river Thames. Onlookers in small boats come to watch the blaze. The fire broke out in Scovell’s Warehouse, Cotton’s Wharf, Southwark in June 1861 and burnt fiercely for days, fuelled by the oil, tallow, turpentine, butter, cotton and jute stored on the wharf. The fire spread to the Tooley Street area and was not fully extinguished for a fortnight. This was London’s worst fire since the Great Fire of London.