Pittsburgh, PA Black Diamond Steel Works Fire, Aug 1886


The Black Diamond Steel Works Suffer a $100,000 Loss.

Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 16.-- A fire that threatened to be the most disastrous in this city for years broke out a 1 o’clock in the Black Diamond Steel Works of Park Bros. & Co., at Thirty-First street. Four alarms were sent in and in a few minutes ten engines were on the scene. The building in which the fire originated was in the center of the immense works and contained some of the most valuable machinery in the establishment. After two hours hard work the firemen succeeded in confining the flames to the one building which was entirely destroyed.

Before the firemen had got away a large force of men were put to work clearing way the ruins, and the works started up last night as usual. Of the 1400 employees only 125 will be thrown out of work and they only for thirty days. The loss will reach $100,000, covered by insurance. The origin of the fire is not clearly known but it is supposed the natural gas company turned on their pipes without notifying the works and the gas spreading through the building became ignited from the boilers.

Newark Daily Advocate, Newark, OH 16 Aug 1886

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