There was a great fire in Boston, which started from smaller fires on 17th and 18th March 1760, the year Lydia arrived there. It lasted for 3 days and destroyed 349 homes and left more than a thousand people homeless. Many businesses were also destroyed with a lady shopkeeper named Alice Quick losing over one thousand pounds of personal and business property and belongings. 10 ships were destroyed in the harbor.
It started in the central market area of the town in the early morning and the wind spread it quickly through the mainly wooden buildings towards the wharves. Remarkably though, no one was killed in the fire.