HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » At least 43 killed in fir...

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 08:54 AM

At least 43 killed in fire that swept factory as workers slept inside

Source: CNN

(CNN) At least 43 people have died in a major blaze that broke out in a factory in India's capital New Delhi, police and fire department officials told CNN.

The fire swept through the five-story building in the early hours of Sunday, as laborers and factory workers were asleep inside. Some died due to asphyxiation, officials said.

"The problem was the smoke -- all the windows and doors were shut and there was dense smoke inside," said Sunil Choudhary, deputy chief fire officer.

"No one could get out. There was an iron door and it was locked and people were brought out only after we broke the door open. It had become a toxic chamber."

Read more: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/12/08/india/india-delhi-fire-intl-hnk/index.html



Reminds me of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire

The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, on March 25, 1911, was the deadliest industrial disaster in the history of the city, and one of the deadliest in U.S. history.[1] The fire caused the deaths of 146 garment workers – 123 women and girls and 23 men[2] – who died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping to their deaths. Most of the victims were recent Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls aged 14 to 23;[3][4] of the victims whose ages are known, the oldest victim was 43-year-old Providenza Panno, and the youngest were 14-year-olds Kate Leone and Rosaria "Sara" Maltese.[5]

The factory was located on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of the Asch Building, at 23–29 Washington Place, near Washington Square Park. The 1901 building still stands today and is known as the Brown Building. It is part of and owned by New York University.[6]

Because the doors to the stairwells and exits were locked[1][7] (a then-common practice to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to reduce theft),[8] many of the workers who could not escape from the burning building jumped from the high windows. The fire led to legislation requiring improved factory safety standards and helped spur the growth of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union (ILGWU), which fought for better working conditions for sweatshop workers.

7 replies, 1401 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 7 replies Author Time Post
Reply At least 43 killed in fire that swept factory as workers slept inside (Original post)
UpInArms Dec 8 OP
mucifer Dec 8 #1
Mike 03 Dec 8 #2
Sherman A1 Dec 8 #4
Mike 03 Dec 8 #3
LittleBunny Dec 8 #5
IronLionZion Dec 8 #6
appalachiablue Dec 8 #7

Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 08:55 AM

1. They were locked inside. Sounds like slave labor.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 09:00 AM

2. Exactly.

If you're locked inside, you're not a laborer, you're a slave.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to mucifer (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 09:47 AM

4. Precisely

it most surely does.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 09:18 AM

3. From a WaPo story:

Most of the deaths were due to smoke inhalation, according to Sunil Choudhary, deputy chief fire officer. “The iron gate of the building was locked from outside. The whole building became a gas chamber,” he said. Choudhary said they were looking into the possibility of a short circuit having caused the fire.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/fire-consumes-factory-in-new-delhi-killing-43/2019/12/08/27b8b6a6-1981-11ea-bf81-ebe89f477d1e_story.html

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 10:04 AM

5. Life is cheap in India, particularly for the lower castes.

 

This is nothing short of slave labor. Undoubtedly the cost for their "room and board" is deducted from their pay as well.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 11:44 AM

6. Be wary of politicians blaming "too many regulations"

or promising to "Make America Great Again" by taking us backwards to a time when it wasn't that great for many workers. Some job creators find efficiencies by letting workers die from smoke inhalation.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to UpInArms (Original post)

Sun Dec 8, 2019, 10:19 PM

7. Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, 1911 NYC: 146 Workers Died

Garment factory fire in NYC, 10 story bldg., Saturday, March 25, 1911. One of the worst workplace disasters in US history.

More, https://www.democraticunderground.com/1017561292

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread