During a trial run for the 2012 Olympic Games when a replica torch was used to ignite the traditional Olympic Flame, the resultant fire grew out of control and engulfed part of central London.
Waterdon Road in Stratford, not far from Pudding Lane, was at the seat of the blaze, and several thousand homes were evacuated. The London Fire Brigade sent 14 vehicles to the blaze which started at around lunchtime, but when it was clear that this was not going to be anywhere near as many as was needed, a further 80 were dispatched to the scene. No figures of casualities have yet been released.
A spokesman for the London Olympic Committee said:
"Things were going so well. We just lit the torch to see what it would look like, and before you could say "fire extinguisher", the whole place went orange, and there was a big WHOOSH! It was scary!"
Lord Sebastian & Co, himself a trailblazer in his 'jogging days', and still a bit of a Pudding, said:
"There is no need for panic. Despite the razing to the ground of several businesses, three residential tower blocks, four schools and a hospital full of patients, the Olympic Village is largely intact, and the minimal damage it sustained can be repaired with the aid of a Government Grant."