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Near closing time on Saturday afternoon March 25 1911 a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Shirtwaist Company Within minutes the quiet spring afternoon turned into madness the fire spread to all parts of the building By the time the fire was over 146 of the 500 workers died The people passing by witnessed workers jumping off the building in pairs three at a time and even four at a time The fabric the firemen used to catch the falling workers were too weak They fell right through it The witnesses and family members of the victims were terrified The girls immigrated to New York to look for a better life but before they could they either fell to their death or burned to death The leaps were desperate from the ninth floor windows New York would never be the same The girls used the fire escape but the weight of it was unbearable The fire escape collapsed Workers tried countless efforts to open the ninth floor doors to the Washington Place stairs But the doors were locked and wouldnt budge The workers on the upper floors safely made way to the top of the building Others waited at the windows for the rescue workers only to discover that the firefighters ladders were several stories too short and the water from the hoses could not reach the top floors Many chose to jump to their deaths rather than to burn alive The factory had poor working conditions as well Almost everything in the factory was flammable They had highly flammable materials on desk The windows and the floors were made of wood The doors were opened inward making it harder to get out The factory didnt prepare any drills of any kind The doors of the factory were all locked because they were afraid workers would sneak out on the
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