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Old 20-06-2014, 04:03 PM   #181
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Lightbulb Triangle Fire



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The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, New York City on March 25, 1911 was one of the deadliest industrial disasters in the history of the city, and resulted in the 4th highest loss of life from an industrial accident in U.S. history.. It was also one of the deadliest disasters that occurred in New York City – after the burning of the General Slocum on June 15, 1904 – until the destruction of the World Trade Center 90 years later.. The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and 23 men – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Jewish and Italian immigrant women aged 16 to 23; of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was Providenza Panno at 43, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and "Sara" Rosaria Maltese..The factory normally employed about 500 workers, mostly young immigrant women, who worked nine hours a day on weekdays plus se7en hours on Saturdays, earning for their 52 hours of work between $7 and $12 a week, the 2014 equivalent of $166 to $285 a week, or $3.20 to $5.50 per hour...

A bookkeeper on the eighth floor was able to warn employees on the tenth floor via telephone, but there was no audible alarm and no way to contact staff on the ninth floor.. According to survivor Yetta Lubitz, the first warning of the fire on the ninth floor arrived at the same time as the fire itself.. Although the floor had a number of exits, including 2 freight elevators, a fire escape, and stairways down to Greene Street and Washington Place, flames prevented workers from descending the Greene Street stairway, and the door to the Washington Place stairway was locked to prevent theft by the workers; the locked doors allowed managers to check the women's purses..The foreman who held the stairway door key had already escaped by another route.. Dozens of employees escaped the fire by going up the Greene Street stairway to the roof. Other survivors were able to jam themselves into the elevators while they continued to operate...

Within 3 minutes, the Greene Street stairway became unusable in both directions.. Terrified employees crowded onto the single exterior fire escape, which city officials had allowed Asch to erect instead of the required third staircase.. It was a flimsy and poorly anchored iron structure which may have been broken before the fire. It soon twisted and collapsed from the heat and overload, spilling about 20 victims nearly 100 feet (30 m) to their deaths on the concrete pavement below. Elevator operators Joseph Zito and Gaspar Mortillalo saved many lives by traveling three times up to the ninth floor for passengers, but Mortillalo was eventually forced to give up when the rails of his elevator buckled under the heat. Some victims pried the elevator doors open and jumped into the empty shaft, trying to slide down the cables or to land on top of the car. The weight and impacts of these bodies warped the elevator car and made it impossible for Zito to make another attempt. William Gunn Shepard, a reporter at the tragedy, would say that “I learned a new sound that day a sound more horrible than description can picture -- the thud of a speeding
living body on a stone sidewalk "etc etc etc...
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0735641/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triangl...t_Factory_Fire
http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showt...181432&page=38You were right Don.. Technically speaking, you were right.. But you're dead.. So shut the foook up..No! No no no no no no no no! No! No no no no no no no no no! No! Not this foooking time! No foooking way, no foooking way, no foooking way! No foooking way, you made me look a right c**t!..http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...&postcount=562
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