Troy, NY Clothing Factory Fire, Feb 1896
SEWING GIRLS CREMATED.
BETWEEN TWENTY AND THIRTY BURNED TO DEATH IN TROY.
ONE EXIT FOR 300 PEOPLE.
FIVE GIRLS JUMPED FROM WINDOWS AND THREE MET INSTANT DEATH -- LARGE LIST OF INJURED AND MISSING -- BOY'S CARLESS MATCH STARTED A BLAZE AND A PANIC FOLLOWED.
Troy, N.Y., Feb. 17. -- There is mourning in the homes of Troy collar girls tonight. An untimely and fearful death overcome many of them late this afternoon. Working girls, whose day's labor was almost over, were cut down almost without warning by fire.
Three girls jumped to death from a burning building.
Distracted, agonized mothers waited for the return of their daughters at night and they waited in vain.
Bright, pretty collar girls, who had left their homes in the morning, full of life and health and spirit never lived to tell that tale of agony, torture and death. Their poor, charred bodies are now resting under tons and tons of red-hot embers, stone and brick.
Identity even when found will probably be impossible. The scene was one that Trojans will never forget. It is a black page in the city's history, unparalleled in its century of existence.
The fire started in J. Stettheimer & Co.'s shirt waist factory and Van Zandt & Jacobs' collar factory, situated in the same building, at 3 o'clock this afternoon. There were 300 girls at work in the establishments.
The flames spread so rapidly that the narrow stairway, which was the only exit outside of the fire escapes in the rear, was almost immediately cut off and during the panic that followed five girls jumped from the windows, three of them to their death, and many others were injured.
MRS. HORBART, jumped from window.
MRS. KANE, jumped from window.
MRS. FOLEY, jumped from window.
MISS MAMIE DANKS.
MISS KITTY O'CONNOR.
MISS MAMIE DAY, injured and bruised.
MISS LILLIE KREIGER, badly bruised and burned.
MISS MAMIE ROURKE, driven insane by shock.
MISS MAMIE DOWNS, almost suffocated.
MISS ANNETTE HARRINGTON, face and hands burned.
MISS LILLIE OUTHOUT, West Troy, badly burned.
MISS CLEMENTINE LLOYD, Lansingburgh, badly and perhaps fatally burned.
MISS GERTRUDE LLOYD, Lansingburgh, badly and perhaps fatally burned.
MISS JOHNSON, Lansingburgh, badly bruised and burned.
JAMES ROSS, crushed by falling walls, leg broken and seriously injured.
Officer BURKE, crushed by falling walls, condition serious.
Officer GUY, badly bruised.
Officer WATSON, scalp wound and bruised.
ALFRED CASEY, fireman, Osgood company, spine injured.
JOHN ORMSBY, fireman, Osgood company, knee hurt.
JOHN BOLAND, fireman, Eddy company, scalp wound and leg broken.
JAMES QUINN, a boy.
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