“The City of Zarahemla Did Take Fire”

Brant Gardner

Under volcanic circumstances, a city may easily catch fire from lightning or hot ash. More prosaically, fleeing residents might leave lamps or cooking fires alight. Although public building might have been made of stone, the majority of homes would have been made of wood with thatched roofs.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 5