Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

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The Triangle Shirtwaist Company was owned by Max Blanck and Harris Isaac, the factory produced women’s shirts, known as shirtwaists. The company had about five hundred workers, mostly young immigrant women, who worked nine hours a day on weekdays and seven hours on Saturdays only getting $7 to $12 a week. At the end of the day on Saturday, March 25, 1911, a fire started around 4:40 PM in a scrap bin under a cutters table in a corner on the 8th floor. The first alarm was sent when a passerby saw smoke coming from the 8th floor at 4:45PM. The doors opened inward and when the girls tried to escape through the doors they couldn’t get them open because the all the girls pushing from behind. Some of the doors were locked, to prevent the girls from steeling anything from the factory, and the foreman who held the key had already escaped from another route. There was only twenty seven buckets of water for the workers to use in case of emergency, and the fire escapes would collapse if anyone tried to use them. When the fire fighters arrived their water streams from their hoses only reached the 7th floor. Their ladders could only reach between the 6th and 7th floor. A larger crowd gathered on the street and witnessed sixty two people jumping to their deaths from the burning building. One hundred forty six employees of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire were dead on the night of March 25, 1911. Nineteen bodies were found charred against the locked doors and twenty five bodies were found huddled in a cloakroom. The owners, who had survived the fire by fleeing to the building’s roof when the fire started, were indicted on charges of first and second degree of manslaughter in

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