Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
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The death count on this paper headline later proved to be incorrect, but the story tells a more important tale. The article lists close to a half-dozen avoidable circumstances that contributed to the high death toll: "A single fire escape, a single stairway, one working elevator ... life nets either torn from grasp of rescuers or burst by force of numbers ... fireproof doors were locked."

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