19th century 1800 - 1856 1855 1819 1848 1856 Prague's Reference Plan of the 1840s, MMP 1819. Fire of Týn Church. On 29 July at about 4:30 pm, lightning set fire to one of the two main towers (the northern one) of Týnský Church. The truss burnt down as well as the whole roof and the inside of the northern tower all the way to the vaulting. Attempts to put out the fire kept failing – water from fire engines could not reach the flames. The heat also destroyed the heavy bell. Multitudes of Prague inhabitants watched the destruction and tried to help. People were awed by the fire and many depictions were made of it. 1848. Fire of the Old Town Mills. During the revolutionary fighting in June 1848, Prague was shelled by General Windischgrätz's artillerymen from the Letná hill on the right bank of the Vltava river. On 16 June, the Old Town mills by Charles bridge were set on fire by the shelling. The fire quickly spread to a whole bunch of buildings. It was impossible to put it out due to the shelling. The mills burnt down completely. The Old Town water tower burnt down as well. Printers and typographers from Haas's business in Anenské Square rushed to help and they managed to disassemble scaffoldings on nearby housed and thus prevented the fire from spreading further. Fortunately, there was no wind and the fire thus did not advance into broader neighbourhoods. 1855. Fire at Prague Castle On 20 February, a fire heavily damaged the New Royal Palace. 1856. Fire at the Horse Market at the U Březinů Brewery. During the night from 26 to 27 May, a fire started at the well known brewery and distillery U Březinů at the Horse Market. It spread extremely rapidly and seized a large part of the house. It was a narrow building with a shingle roof so the fire could spread very easily and the whole establishment was soon in flames. It was out of the question to consider putting the fire out there. Since the fire had originated in the back part, it was necessary to focus on the front. That was very difficult because, everything that was made of wood and hay and straw were stored in the loft.