Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Remembered

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Today marks the 99th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. The blaze in a lower Manhattan building killed 146 immigrant garment workers, almost all of them women.

The fire started at 4:00 PM on a Saturday. Many women were burned to death, and others died as they jumped out of the building in an attempt to escape the flames. The fire led to public outcry over sweatshop conditions in the garment industry and resulted in new worker-safety laws.

City officials and union leaders will commemorate the anniversary of the fire at noon today. For more on the anniversary, visit


More in:

The WQXR e-newsletter. Show highlights, links to music news, on-demand concerts, events from The Greene Space and more.

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.

Follow WQXR