The Pittsburgh Department.
Chief Humphries of Pittsburgh, Pa., shows that there were 626 regular alarms and 251 still alarms, making a total of 877, an increase of 86 over the number in 1891. The greatest number in one month was 95 in January and the smallest was 48 in the month of June. The gross loss by fire during the year was $659,271.64, being $818,418.22 less than that of 1891.
During the year the new double engine house on Second avenue was completed. In conformity with an ordinance fifty men were added to the department; thirty-two of these were assigned to new houses, and the others so distributed as to strengthen the weaker companies. There was no fatality in the department during the year, ‘but there were quite a number of narrow escapes, among them the burying of Lieut. Langdon and three men under the roof of the Calvary Episcopal Sunday-school building on January 21, and at the two cellar fires on First and Fourth avenues, where the men were overcome by smoke and gas. The apparatus consists of 19 steam engines, 5 trucks, 20 hose carriages, 2 chemical engines and 3 fuel wagons. The working force involves 225 men.