How the heck did Rome burn? By all the movies and picture books, Rome looked like it was built out of rocks and masonry of one form, or another. Have we been duped once again? Anyway, they must have had a lousy fire department.
The movies show the imperial buildings The "average Joe" in ancient Rome, lived in crowded tenements with narrow alley ways between.
Rome was ripe for such a conflagration, when Nero set it off. Remember that there were many, many poor people in ancient Rome.. How often
have we heard of the plebian mobs, calling for bread & games.
..And yes, stone buildings will burn, and burn powerfully. Till about 15 years ago, there was a stone house about 2 miles from my home, built
about 1855. One day it caught fire..and it burned fiercely.. Keep in mind, in that house were doors, door frames, baseboards, rugs furniture
and much wooden framing and floors and joists. There was also a roof and roofing material..and a house full of furniture and furnishings along
with various things such as papers, newspapers, magazines, books etc.
First century buildings in Israel were made of stone, but there seemed to be a use for carpenters, since Jesus was one..