People believe that the fire started because of some lanterns. They say it made a spark and caused a huge fire, everyone left quickly and as soon as they saw smoke they pulled the fire alarm and tried to hurry out of there.
Everyone was in a panic trying to escape, doors getting crowded from everyone trying to escape, people trying to jump off buildings so they don't burn alive and instead have a quick death.
In under 2 minutes the firefighters have arrived to rescue everyone and stop the fire. They rescued people in the elevators and everyone in the building except people on the 9th floor. There doors were locked so they couldn't escape.
A huge crowd of people took the crowd trying to exit the building that it made them so full and unable to leave. People like Ida Willesky tried opening the door but people would push her against the door and make it hard for her to open.
People would jump off the buildings so firefighters would get nets to save the people from jumping. Many of them would fall through or bounce off and die so it wasn't much help.
This is about a romantic story that actually never happened. The author added this to add more drama to the story. It's about a man who helped the women he loved die quicker and not have a painful death. After that he found a young girl he loved and also helped her with a quicker death.