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American Experience | Triangle Fire

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Triangle Fire Preview The deadliest workplace accident in New York's history changed American factories forever.

Watch Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10pm on WMHT-TV

On March 25, 1911, a fire ripped through the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York’s Greenwich Village. Terrified workers tried to make their way downstairs, but the factory owners kept the doors on the ninth floor locked, and the inadequate fire escape soon crumpled. Hundreds of horrified on-lookers watched as young men and women jumped from the windows. By the time the fire burned out, 146 people were dead. The tragedy of the fire and the ensuing public outrage led to landmark legislation that gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

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