Edgewood, PA Deaf and Dumb School Fire, Dec 1899

DEAF AND DUMB SCHOOL BURNED

Institute at Edgewood, Penn., Destroyed--500 Pupils Escape.

PITTSBURG, Penn., Dec. 14.--The Western Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, situated at Edgewood, was destroyed by fire this evening. The 500 pupils in the building were panic-stricken, but the teachers quickly secured control of them and it is believed all were saved. The institute was a large five-story brick building which covered an acre of ground.

The loss is placed at $150,000, with insurance of $100,000. The cause of the fire, while not positively known, is believed to have been a bursted gas pipe. While the confusion and excitement was great, there were no accidents to pupils or teachers.

Officials of the institute say the school will be rebuilt at once.

The pupils are being taken care of temporarily at the Home for Aged Couples, which is close by , and at the homes of the residents of Wilkinsburg. Definite arrangements will be made for their disposition tomorrow.

The New York Times, New York, NY 15 Dec 1899