Firefighters Mark Deadly Factory Fire 100 Years Ago


Firefighters and community members marked on Monday the 100th anniversary of the deadliest fire in Binghamton’s history — a 1913 blaze that killed 31 garment factory workers, many of them women and immigrants.

There were no requirements for fire escapes or sprinklers at the time of the fire. The four-story building collapsed 18 minutes after the alarm sounded.

The Binghamton fire and one that killed 146 workers two years earlier at the Triangle Shirtwaist factory in New York contributed to the passage of stricter fire codes in New York.