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From FirefighterCloseCalls – May 30, 2019


Below is a link very unique account (with numerous photos etc) of the infamous Triangle Shirtwaist fire in New York City. It is written by FDNY DC Jay Jonas who writes some of the best historical/tactical fire accounts anywhere.

NOTE: THIS ACCOUNT, like no others, is done from a FIREFIGHTER and FIREFIGHTING standpoint….please take time to read this and then pass it on.

A Brief Overview:

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history. 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.

Because the doors to the stairwells and exits were locked (a then-common practice to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft), many of the workers who could not escape from the burning building jumped from the high windows. 

The factory was located on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of the Asch Building, at 23-29 Washington Place in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan. The 1901 building still stands today and is known as the Brown Building. The building has been designated a National Historic Landmark and is a New York City landmark.


Please download the attached file for this unique account of the fire, from a fire department operational standpoint-and share it with your Firefighters. Thanks to Jay J for sharing this.

Take Care. Be Careful. Pass it On.

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