Pittsburgh, PA Little Sisters of the Poor Home For Aged Disastrous Fire, July 1931
What caused the fatal blaze still was not definitely determined. Fire department officials believed, however, that spontaneous combustion in a mop that had been used in waxing and polishing floors appears the most likely explanation.
Plans for rebuilding the institution remained indefinite pending conferences of Catholic leaders of the Pittsburgh Diocese. Funds already have begun to pour in to the nuns who operated the home, nevertheless.
The Morning Herald Uniontown Pennsylvania 1931-07-27
PITTSBURGH FIRE TOLL TOTALS 42
Two Inmates of Home for Aged Still Unaccounted for; to Rebuild Institution.
Pittsburgh, July 27 -- (AP) -- The death toll reached 42 tonight with two persons still unaccounted for in the disastrous fire at the Home for the Aged of the Little Sisters of the Poor, Friday night. Six bodies were unidentified.
A further check of the ruins of the institution was made today by Coroner W. J. McGREGOR who announced that there were no more bodies among the debris and ashes. Police and fire department officials and attaches of the Home were at a loss to account for the two missing persons.
Bishop U. C. BOYLE of the Pittsburgh Diocese of the Roman Catholic church, who returned from a vacation as soon as he heard of the fire, visited the home today. He later made known that a modern fire-proof structure would be erected in place of the institution destroyed.
Mother Provincial AUGUSTINE of Baltimore, head of the province of the Little Sisters of the Poor in which Pittsburgh is included, conferred here on relief plans.
Several investigations into the fire were being continued.
The Morning Herald Union Pennsylvania 1931-07-28