It is not possible to say exactly how many people died as a result of the fire. Some sources say it was fourteen, others as many as eighteen.
Many people would have been injured, suffered from burns or smoke inhalation; some of these might have died some time later.
The parish register records fifteen deaths in the days following the fire:
August 15th : William Stone, Samuel Kingwell, George Crossman, Sarah Gibbons
August 16th : John Manley, William Bradford, Thomas May, Jane May, Simon Leach, John Roach, Mary Roach
August 19th : Laurence Labdon
August 21st : Robert Phillips, Mary Kerswell
August 22nd : Mary Phillips
The burial register does not record causes of death – so it is not possible to say if all the above were casualties of the Great Fire.
‘Lucy Tenant of Crediton’ – the ‘Mrs Tennent’ mentioned in the wig-maker’s testament - was buried at Thorverton, Aug 15th.