Pittsburgh, PA Disastrous Fire, May 1845
ANOTHER DISASTROUS FIRE IN PITTSBURG !
SIXTY TO SEVENTY HOUSES IN ASHES -- ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY TO TWO HUNDRED FAMILIES, COMPRISING SEVEN TO NINE HUNDRED PERSONS RENDERED HOUSELESS AND HOMELESS ! !
Our city has again been the scene of another disastrous conflagration -- more dreadful than the first as regards the actual suffering which will follow, although comparatively small when the amount of property is considered.
About a quarter before 9 o'clock last evening, a fire was discovered in the stable of SAMUEL YOUNG drayman, on Seventh street, a few doors below Coal lane, which soon extended to the surrounding buildings -- all of which were of wood -- filled with poor families, and hurling blazing cinders in every direction by turns.
Our firemen were promptly upon the ground, and worked nobly and unceasingly to arrest the destruction, but the scarceness of water and want of proper and sufficient hose, greatly impeded their efforts. Near 11 o'clock the fire was got under, and by 20 minutes past 11 all danger of farther destruction was past, although the engines were still playing when we left the ground at half past 11.
The stable in which the fire originated was about forty feet from Seventh street, and in this distance were a row of wooden tenements; which were razed -- that immediately in front of the stable being occupied by MR. YOUNG. Three horses which were in his stable were saved. From this point the fire spread up Poplar lane (or alley) to Washington street, (two houses, on the corner, saved) in a northeasterly direction, sweeping all the buildings to Prospect street; crossed Prospect street, destroying all the buildings to the brow of the hill at the intersection of Quarry street; down from the direction of Washington street to within a few doors of Fountain street, where by extraordinary exertion, it was stayed.