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The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911: A Centennial Remembrance

Washington, DC
Saturday, March 19, 2011

On March 25, 1911, fire raced through the 8th, 9th and 10th floors of the Triangle Waist Company in New York City. Inside, workers – largely young immigrant women in their teens and twenties – made the fashionable shirtwaists. Fire ladders and water hoses did not reach beyond the 6th floor. The flames, locked doors and blocked exits trapped workers – and many jumped to their deaths. In all, 146 died. A look back at the tragedy that prompted calls for safety investigations and labor reforms, and that encouraged union organizing efforts.

Updated: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 12:34pm (ET)

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