Two documentaries recall the day a century ago when a fast-moving blaze at the Triangle factory in Greenwich Village killed 146 people.

Two documentaries recall the day a century ago when a fast-moving blaze at the Triangle factory in Greenwich Village killed 146 people.

Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire made headlines across the nation.  This is from The Times Picayune in New Orleans

Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire made headlines across the nation. This is from The Times Picayune in New Orleans

Demonstration of Protest and Mourning for Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911 | DocsTeach

Demonstration of Protest and Mourning for Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of March 25, 1911 | DocsTeach

Although the conditions of the Triangle Shirtwaist were better than most factories, there was only one exterior fire place.

Although the conditions of the Triangle Shirtwaist were better than most factories, there was only one exterior fire place.

Photograph of a Window and Fire Escape after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Photograph of a Window and Fire Escape after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Photograph of a Broken Fire Escape after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Photograph of a Broken Fire Escape after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

Interior of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory after the fire. Still from the PBS Video https://video.pbs.org/video/1817898383/

Interior of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory after the fire. Still from the PBS Video https://video.pbs.org/video/1817898383/

The fire escapes at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory were not built to support as many people as were trying to escape the factory using them on the day of the fire.  The fire escape, only eighteen inches wide at some points, collapsed due to too much weight.  Workers fell to their deaths.  Had the fire escape supported the escaping workers, the workers would have found that the escape did not lead to freedom.  Instead, the fire escape led to a skylight that would not have allowed them to…

The fire escapes at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory were not built to support as many people as were trying to escape the factory using them on the day of the fire. The fire escape, only eighteen inches wide at some points, collapsed due to too much weight. Workers fell to their deaths. Had the fire escape supported the escaping workers, the workers would have found that the escape did not lead to freedom. Instead, the fire escape led to a skylight that would not have allowed them to…

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