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Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

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 US 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. Most of the victims were recent Italian and Jewish immigrant women aged 14 to 23; of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was 43-year-old Providenza Panno, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and "Sara" Rosaria Maltese.

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No one entering the top three floors of the Asch Building on March 25, 1911, in Manhattan, New York expected the devastating effects of a fire caused by oil rags. With 146 deaths the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was the worst industrial factory fire in the history of the United states, and was an awakening to both citizens and government alike that working conditions must improve. This fire alone has created a legacy of labor conditions, only three years after the fire 36 new laws had already been passed.

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