The author's description in paragraph 2, gives us the image in our heads on how the fire spread out. Some description from the paragraph is, "Flames shot up, igniting the line of hanging paper patterns." The author decide to write this paragraph to show how dangerous a little flame can be.
In the story, the author decided to put this text to show that since there was no light in the stairs, people couldn't see. So that is why more people were dying, since they didn't know were to go. In the text it stated, "It was difficult for the people to see, since there were no light in the stairway."
The author decided to put this part in the story, so that the readers can see that the people from the ninth floor had no chance of living. They either had to die by the fire or jump and die. In the text it stated, "By remaining in the room, they chose death by fire or suffocation. Jumping ninety-five feet to the ground meant death on the sidewalk."
The author probably chose this scene in the story to show how firefighters tried everything to save the people. The only problem was that the net didn't. The net wasn't as strong to hold people from falling ninety-five feet. In the story it states, "Hoping to catch jumpers before they hit the ground, firefighters held up life nets, sturdy ten-foot-square nets made of rope. It was useless."
The author decided to put this love scene in the story, to make the readers think what would they do in a situation like this one. In the text it states, " A young man helped a women jump out of the window. He helped another young woman onto the windowsill. He was brave enough to help the girl he loved to a quicker death, after she had given a goodbye kiss.
The author decide to add the 911 tragedy to show the readers how similar the Triangle fire was. In the text it states, “The triangle fire was New York’s worse workplace disaster up to that time. Only the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center said more (about 2500) lifes.