Pittsburgh, PA Little Sisters of the Poor Home For Aged Disastrous Fire, July 1931

Pittsburgh, PA Little Sisters of the Poor Home For Aged 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

Continued

Comments

Sisters of the Poor 1931 Fire

Thank you so much for putting this online. My great-great-grandmother died in this fire and this article will help to document her death.

History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania 1889 Read it online

Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania : personal and genealogical, with portraits Read it online

History of Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania 1886 Read it online

Allegheny County : a sesqui-centennial review 1938 Read it online

Use this Free trial to search for your ancestors in these Allegheny County books and in Census Records, Historical Newspapers, Birth Death and Marriage Records and in other documents at ancestry.com