We will never know who and how the fire started but we guess it was a cigarette under the cloths. However the girls were getting ready to leave the factory and go home with their families. When suddenly there were smoke in the room around the cloths.
The girls stopped what they were doing on the eighth floor. The girls tried to stop the flames but nothing happened, it got worse. The fabrics, patterns, and goods began to fall to the floor.
The flames started to rise up. The girls rushed to the elevators trying to safe their life. They started to get help by the elevator operators meanwhile the fire-fighters came but also ran to the stairs, each time the girls tried to open the door they closed by all the girls falling on each other.
The workers in the ninth floor found themselves locked up and couldn't escape the floor. They reached to the windows thinking it would help but they just caught more fire. So they decided to jump of the building through the windows. One of the girls before hoping off, gave her love a goodbye kiss, crying she jumped off.
Fire-fighters trying to catch the girls after they jumped off, some landing on the nets and bouncing off to the floor dying, some jumping and landing on the sidewalks. Or them not being able to jump and dying on the floors on fire.
At exactly 5:15 p.m., after the flames burning everything in the floors eight and nine. The fire-fighters finally got the flames under control. The woodwork, furniture, cotton goods, and people who worked there were gone. Out of the 500 employees who reported to work that day, 146 died. 16 were identified men and the rest were women, bodies, or body parts listed as "unidentified".