Grace N. Vang -- Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

Grace N. Vang -- Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy

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  • Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
  • Fire Blowup
  • Stair Accident
  • The first sign of trouble was smoke pouring from beneath a cutting table. Workers proceeded to pour buckets of water over the smoking spot, without changes. Then all of a sudden...
  • Death With Every Action
  • "My hair is on fire!"
  • Flames then began igniting the clothing material. Burning fabric flew around the room and the pipe extending from a water source wasn't connected. Fire then leaped out of control and the 8th floor fire alarm was pulled.
  • The Fire Put Down
  • While the firefighters were outside trying to stop the fire some workers furiously ran for the two passenger elevator. The eighth floor workers ran for the stairs (which had no lights), and barged into each other trying open the door... They made it out shouting, crying, and gasping for air.
  • The Death and Memory
  • Workers on the 9th floor were not so lucky. Margaret Shwartz had her hair caught on fire. Nobody who went to the windows or doors survived. The pressure of the fire and smoke caused "lapping in".
  • By 5:15 the fire was under control. Officer Croker made an inspection and checked that building was actually fireproof. Walls and floors were completely okay, and none of the structure was broken, just charred from the fire.
  • "What a tragedy!"
  • Of the 500 Triangle employees who reported for work that day, 146 died. Of these 16 men were identified. The rest were women or bodies and body parts listed as "unidentified." The Triangle Fire was N.Y's worst workplace disaster up to that time. Only the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center took more lives.
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