Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire victims remembered 112 years after horror in Greenwich Village


New Yorkers, union members, and elected officials gathered outside the Asch Building on the corner of Washington Place and Greene Street in Greenwich Village on March 24 to remember the 146 victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire.

One of the deadliest blazes in city history, it also galvanized the labor movement and a series of reforms designed to prevent such a tragedy from happening again.

On March 24, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist sweatshop, which occupied the eighth, ninth, and tenth floors of the Asch Building. The cause of the fire was a cigarette that had been carelessly thrown into a fabric scrap bin.