The Great Fire of New York was a devastating fire that burned through the night of September 20, 1776.
The fire was so bad it destroyed about 1/3 of the city. 493 of the New York structures destroyed The Great fire did not end until 1783.
Anna's knowledge.com Many people believed or assumed that one or more people deliberately started the fire, for a variety of different reasons. British leaders accused revolutionaries acting within the city and state, and many residents assumed that one side or the other had started it.