Allegheny, PA Fire, Jul 1849

Tremendous Conflagration in Allegheny City--Thirty Houses

Destroyed--Refusal of the Firemen to Work.

PITTSBURGH, July 16.--1 P. M.--A terrible fire is now raging in Allegheny city. Thirty houses have been consumed, and the fire is raging in all directions. Dr. Swift's beautiful church has been destroyed. The Allegheny Firemen refused to work, and have prevented the Pittsburgh firemen from going into service. A misunderstanding exist's between the firemen of Allegheny city and the authorities in relation to their appropriations.---Rep)


The Fire Still Raging--Military Called Out.

PITTSBURGH, July 16, 8, P. M.---The fire in Allegheny is still raging. The military have been called out to disperse the mobs, and protect the Pittsburgh firemen. (It is necessary for the Reporter to state that either the "Coast Survey" were using the Western line last night, or else the Pittsburg operators had "gone to the fire," which prevented the receipt of full particulars of this dreadful calamity. If the Coast Survey enjoy privileges which the public do not, it is time it should be made known.)

Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA 17 Jul 1849


PITTSBURGH, July 16.--Destructive Fire at the Alleghany City.--A destructive fire is raging in Alleghany city, opposite. From 25 to 30 buildings have already been burnt, including Dr. Swift's Church. No water is being thrown upon the flames, owing to the difficulties between the firemen and City Council. The latter refused the necessary appropriations for repairing the engines. The Pittsburgh firemen are not allowed to work by the mob.

Another despatch{sic}, dated at 8 P. M. says:

We are sorry to say that the authorities have found it necessary to call out the military to enable the fire department of Pittsburgh to do effective service in quelling the fire in Alleghany City, and to protect the lives of the inhabitants.

The Pittsfield Sun, Pittsfield, MA 19 Jul 1849


A destructive fire occurred in Alleghany city, opposite Pittsburg, on the 16th, which destroyed thirty buildings, including Dr. Smith's beautiful church. The firemen locked up their machines in consequence of some difficulty with the authorities and would not allow them to be taken to the fire, nor would they allow the firemen from Pittsburg who went over to the assistance of their neighbors to do any thing to arrest the progress of the flames.

Republican Farmer, Bridgeport, CT 24 Jul 1849