Triangle Factory Fire Facts and Information

What is the Triangle Factory Fire?

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911 was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in US history back than before 9/11.

How did the fire start?

The fire started in a wastebasket on the eighth floor, and the flames jumped onto the paper patterns that were hanging from the ceiling. Soon, the building caught on fire.

During the fire

During the fire, a worker named Yetta had courage and decided to make sacrifices and would help the other people who probably wouldn't have made it out without her.

It wasn't too long until she gave up, she witnessed to many deaths, either a suicide, fights to get out, or people burning to dust.. Soon it was every person for themself.

Photos during the fire

Locked doors kept the workers from escaping; there was not enough water to put out the flames, and firemen’s ladders were too short to reach the upper stories. Many of the young women and men working there leapt out the windows and fell to their deaths onto the sidewalk outside. Others were crushed in the elevator shaft or when the fire escape collapsed.

Inside the building

Soon enough the fire went out. There were 146 deaths during the fire. Yetta died during the fire. The building was fireproof which meant the fire went out by itself. People who worked in the building moved to another building to work at. Than it was over.

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