Landmark Collapses At Fire
One of the oldest landmarks of the South Side, of Pittsburgh, Pa., the 80-year old St. Vincent’s Clubhouse located on the hillside, was completely destroyed by a spectacular fire, which extended to and destroyed a two-story and a three-story frame dwelling on April 29th before it was brought under control by firemen called on three alarms.
A steep tin covered roof, with a large belfry-like cupola, enclosed with a number of windows, crashed through the building into the cellar as the flames swept through the old structure, showering the neighborhood with burning embers.
Back of the building, running up the hillside, a row of frame dwelling houses was threatened by the blaze but firemen played streams of water on the smoking buildings and prevented further spread of the flames. The clubhouse was completely burned out, only the four bare brick walls left standing. Burned and buried under the smoking ruins in the basement was the stripped and abandoned equipment of St. Vincent’s Literary Association, chartered in 1866 and a center of Catholic community life in the Southside until it disbanded about a year and a half ago.
The three alarms from Station 347, at 8:36, 8:40 and 8:42 P. M. were answered by Eng. 11 and 12. Truck 12 and Battalion Chief John I. Zollinger of the Fourth Battalion, Eng. Co. 30, 19, 4 and Truck 3, Chief of Department Nicholas A. Phelan and Deputy Chief Edward J. Kerr and Eng. 3, 22 and 5, with three 1250 gallon pumpers, one 1000 gallon pumper and three 750 gallon pumpers. Ten pumper streams were used on the fire with 7100 feet of 2 1/2-inch hose in service and 300 feet of one inch lead line hose. The duration of the fire was a little more than six hours. A detail of firemen with the pumper of Eng. 11 were left at the ruins until afternoon the following day.