Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

This picture shows a scene in New York City, with a horse-drawn fire engine on its way to a fire. The fire was the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. This fire turned out to be the worst work-place fire in New York City history, with over 148 people killed. The fire was at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, which still stands, and is known as the Brown Building. In the fire, the victims succumbed to the flames, smoke, and some jumped to their deaths from the upper floors of the building. The tragedy led to the implementation of improved factory safety standards in the United States, and the formation of the International Ladies' Garment Worker's Union.

The fire occurred on this day, March 25, in the Year 1911.


  1. But aren't horses deathly afraid of fire?

  2. Intersting point . . . I dont know how they handled that. But, horses were used to pull fire engines up until well into the 1910's.

    Thanks for your comment