Today in labor history: Fire kills 25 women workers in Newark

On this day in 1910 almost two dozen women employed by the Wolf Muslin Undergarment Company of Newark New Jersey died after the building caught fire. Six were burned to death and 19 died from jumping in an attempt to avoid the fire. The Newark inferno preceded the Triangle Shirt Factory Fire by four months. The Newark fire, while horrific, has been largely forgotten and until recently no monument or plaque recognizes the tragedy. The centenary of the tragedy and crime against the workers passed two years ago.


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