Saturday, August 13, 2011

Pelham Street Fire: 1895

Pelham St Fire 1895                                                                                                   
Evidently this section of the 7th Ward was considered the heart of the sweat shop district at the time and employed many "Hebrews." The fire was, like many others, a junior precursor to the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire of 1911. There was also some suspicion of arson. The fire spread from the rear of 7 Pelham to the Fay Soap Factory on Cherry Street

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