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The Triangle Fire by Leon Stein

The Triangle Fire (1962)

by Leon Stein

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    Triangle: The Fire that Changed America by David Von Drehle (oregonobsessionz, AnnaClaire)
    oregonobsessionz: David von Drehle used Leon Stein's book as a reference for his 2003 book on the Triangle Shirtwaist fire.

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Just 11 years after the Iroquois Theater fire in Chicago killed 600 people, a fire in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York City again showed the impact of inadequate exits.

Leon Stein is a less talented writer than David von Drehle, who used this book as a source for his 2003 book, Triangle: The Fire that Changed America. But Stein, writing 40 years earlier, was able to interview survivors and onlookers who were not available to von Drehle. ( )
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Judge M. Linn Bruce (counsel): How high can you successfully combat a fire now?

Edward F. Croker (Chief, New York City Fire Department): Not over eighty-five feet.

Bruce: That would be how many stories of an ordinary building?

Croker: About seven.

Bruce: Is that a serious danger?

Croker: I think if you want to go into the so-called workshops which are along Fifth Avenue and west of Broadway and east of Sixth Avenue, twelve, fourteen or fifteen story buildings they call workshops, you will find it very interesting to see the number of people in one of these buildings with absolutely not one fire protection, without any means of escape in case of fire.

--Before the New York State Assembly Investigating Committee on Corrupt Practices and Insurance Companies Other Than Life, City Hall, New York City, December 28, 1910

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