Watch | A Family Connection to the Tragic Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Former New York State Senator Serf Maltese said his grandmother and her two daughters -- ages 14 and 18 -- were among the 146 who died in the fast-moving blaze that engulfed the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory 100 years ago on March 25. Maltese, who has been active in labor issues and is president of the Triangle Fire Memorial Associated, shares his family connection to the fire on the upper floors of the factory on Washington Street that became a national tragedy. 



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Maureen Melle from Manhattan

I've just watched all these videos and am in tears. As a person who has lived through a fire, I know the terror those poor people must have felt. Fire is an angry thing and it can move so fast. It does not give back what it has taken, but we can all remember the people who were killed in the Triangle Fire and hope that we never forget the lessons that were learned on that day 100 years ago. I had always thought fire drills were a waste of time. Now I know better.

Mar. 26 2011 01:17 AM
David from Flushing

Many assume the building burnt down during the Triangle Fire, but it still stands as a science building for New York University. Historical markers there recount the terrible event.

Mar. 23 2011 01:57 PM
Michael Meltzer

Written accounts in the past usually reported that the doors had been padlocked from the outside so that the women could not open them to let in the labor organizers.
The owners of the factory were exonerated of any wrongdoing.

Mar. 23 2011 07:24 AM

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