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Triangle Fire Preview

Preview: Season 23 Episode 7 | 30s

On March 25, 1911, a fire broke out in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York's Greenwich Village. By the time the fire had burned itself out, 146 people were dead. The landmark legislation that followed gave New Yorkers the most comprehensive workplace safety laws in the country.

Aired: 02/27/11

Rating: NR

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