The Great Fire is a story by New Zealand author Marie Gibson. The story is set in 1666, when London is experiencing a massive plague (瘟疫) in which thousands of people are dying. Meg is a young girl whose father may have been infected with the plague, so he stays indoors with his wife. Meg takes her little sister to visit her uncle to get help. On their way, they come across a fire and an evil man who wants to rob (抢劫) them. The following excerpt (节选) is the scene in which Meg leaves her home and comes across the huge fire. Do they finally manage to overcome the danger and reach their uncle? Let’s find out.