Binghamton firefighters commemorate deadly factory fire

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July 22, 2013

Firefighters and community members are planning a service on the 100th anniversary of the deadliest fire in Binghamton's history - a 1913 blaze that killed 31 garment factory workers.

Broome County Historian Gerald Smith tells the Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin that many of the victims of the Binghamton Clothing Co. fire were women and immigrants.

Monday's commemoration will begin at 2 p.m. at the former factory site on Wall Street in Binghamton.

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 City contributed to the passage of stricter fire codes in New York.

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