Remembering the Triangle Factory Fire, 100 years later

Reporting, Investigation & Trial

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At closing time workers were forced to leave by a single Greene Street exit where their coats and bags were checked for stolen goods. During the fire, desperate workers died trying to escape through exit doors which could not be freed and pulled inward toward the massed, frightened workers. The spiral stairways, mobbed with fleeing workers, narrowed at each landing restricting the number of people who could safely stand on the stair and causing many to lose their footing and fall on those below.

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Sweatshop conditions in the early 1900's