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Binghamton Clothing Factory Fire Monument in Binghamton, New York

It was a hot the afternoon of July 22, 1913. The fire started after lunch, when a careless worker at the Binghamton Clothing Co. tossed a lit cigarette down a stairwell. Some of the ladies had stripped to their undergarments due to the increasing heat. Others thought this was another fire drill and refused to leave their work stations until it was too late. Thirty-one employees burned to death in the single greatest loss of life the city of Binghamton, New York has ever seen.
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