Profile America — Sunday, March 25th. One of the most horrifying fires in U.S. history occurred on this date in 1911 in New York City. It happened at the end of the workday at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory, just as hundreds of young women, many of them immigrants, were preparing to leave their jobs making women's blouses. Many were trapped behind a fire escape door locked in violation of the law. Others jumped nine stories to their deaths. A total of 146 were killed. Today, there are more than 30,000 fire departments around the nation on duty to help avoid such tragedies staffed by over 1.1 million men and women. Profile America is in its 15th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2010, p. 191 Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 355
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