Bridgeport, CT Star Shirt Co Fire, Feb 1906

Star Shirt Factory After the Fire, Feb 1906

BY FLAMES AND EXPLOSIONS

FIVE HUNDRED SHIRT FACTORY GIRLS IN PERIL.

Unsuccessful Attempt to Burn the Boy's Hall of the Louisana Industrial School.

Bridgeport, Conn., Feb. 28.---Five minutes after some 500 factory girls had marched out of the big factory of the Star Shirt Co., Tuesday, the building was a roaring furnace, and within an hour it was in ruins. The fire was most spectacular, but was confined to one building of the group owned by Hutchinson, Peirce & Co., of New York.

Twenty of the girls became panic-stricken and were taken from the windows to the ground by firemen. All the other girls continued quietly on their march. Mrs. JENNIE HEAPHY, 42 years old, one of the operatives, became so excited that she collapsed and died soon afterwards. The fire caused a loss of about $75,000.

Belleville News-Democrat, Belleville, IL 28 Feb 1906

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