The Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire: "On March 25, 1911, in New York City‟s Greenwich Village 146 workers, mostly teenage Jewish and Italian immigrant girls, perished after the fire broke out on Triangle Company‟s sweatshop on the 8th and 9th floors of the building. Factory foremen had locked the exit doors to keep workers from taking breaks and stealing scraps of fabric. Other doors only opened inward and were blocked by the stampede of workers struggling to escape. Workers burned or they jumped to their deaths."
The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire