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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire 1911 On March 25, 1911, 146 employees of the Triangle Shrtwaist Company in New York City--mostly female Jewish immigrants--perished when fire engulfed their factory. Death came in many hideous ways: Some workers were trampled to death in the panic. Others suffocated on the smoke-filled ninth floor. More than 50 chose to jump to their deaths rather than burn once they discovered the emergency doors had been locked by their employer to keep them from leaving work early. Though nearly forgotten today, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire was responsible for many fire safety regulations and labor laws that exist today.
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Added: 2nd March 2008
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: tommy7 on 2008-03-02 
Very Cool Lava! I watched a program on this not long ago.KUDO'S
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2008-03-02 
Thanks for the compliment, Tommy. I remember seeing a made-for-TV movie about this tragedy about 20 years ago. I'm always amazed at how many people know nothing about this horrible fire.
Posted by: Classico on 2008-03-26 
Terrible tragedy. In 1991 there was a similar tragedy in Hamlet, NC as doors were deliberately closed at a plant and people could not escape a deadly fire. 25 died and over 50 were badly injured. All because safety regulations are thrown out the window and inspections are not made.

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