The Ghosts of The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

The Ghosts of The 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

This article will be covering the paranormal activity that is linked to the tragic 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire that claimed the lives of 146 factory workers.


The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire New York City

On March the 25th, 1911, at about 5 o’ clock in the evening, terrified onlookers witnessed the 8th, 9th and 10th floor windows of the Asch Building burst into flames.

The public had been alerted to the flame-ridden disaster above them by a man slamming into the sidewalk…he had jumped 30 meters to his death.

In the end, 20,000 New York spectators watched in horror as the fire either burned people alive, or forced them to jump to their deaths.

The eldest fatality of this fire was a woman aged 43, and the youngest, was a child of just 11.

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The Fire

It is thought that the fire started up about 4:40 pm in a fabric scrap bin on the 8th floor. A message of warning was relayed to the 10th floor but there was no phone on the 9th floor.

The employees on the 9th floor continued to work until one of them noticed smoke bellowing past one of the windows.

Understandably, there was a huge panic amongst the workers who all ran for the elevators and emergency escape door…which were unfortunately locked!

reforms after triangle shirtwaist fire

The factory had seen an increase in the amount of fabric being stolen by the female workers, so they kept the emergency doors locked until all the employee’s handbags had been checked at the end of every work day.

The women were left petrified, slamming on the emergency doors, trying to get them opened. The foreman who held the keys, was one of the first to exit the building and run when the fire started…


Acquitted

The owners of the company, along with the foremen who held the keys, were the first out of the building – like rats on a sinking ship.

They were eventually held up on charges of manslaughter but the jury at the time, acquitted them.

New work safety reforms were created as a result of the fire and implemented across New York.

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The building managed to withstand the terrible fire, and ended up being converted and refurbished to accommodate study areas for the New York University. The students have renamed it ‘The Brown Building’.

Many of them have experienced paranormal activity at the location…


The Ghosts of The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire

Numerous students, lecturers and visitors to the building have reported having psychotic episodes as soon as they enter through the main doors. Something overcomes them – a feeling of wanting to immediately flee and get back outside…to some sort of safety.

There have also been a number of paranormal reports concerning disembodied screams in the afternoon…usually around the 4:30 to 5:00 pm time zone.

Several students have even witnessed a ghostly woman appearing out of nowhere and running, screaming, down the corridors. She has also appeared in a number of the bathrooms on the higher floors of the building.

On the ninth floor, just as you leave the elevator there is a tall rectangular mirror. Many students have reported looking into the mirror, only to be shocked to see someone else staring right back at them. They reflection is wearing the same clothing as the watcher…yet the face has changed into someone else’s…

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The Joelma Building Fire

The Joelma Building Fire

In this article we will be taking a look at the paranormal reports linked to the Joelma building fire on the 1st of February, 1974, in Sao Paulo, Brazil…when 179 of the 756 occupants, died tragically…


The Joelma Fire

The 25 story high-rise in Sao Paulo caught fire on Friday February the 1st, 1974. The initial report was registered by authorities at 8:50 am, after a resident in an adjacent building spotted flames lapping out of one of the windows.

Unfortunately, within 30 minutes of this initial call – the entire building was engulfed in deadly flames…

And a lot of residents were still trapped inside.

It’s sad to say that the owners of the building had not been keeping up with fire safety regulations – no alarms, no sprinklers emergency lights or emergency exits. It’s also reported that the building’s air conditioning system was faulty…

This system is thought to be the initial cause of the fire.


The Attempted Escape

More than 500 people managed to escape this terrifying ordeal…but many resident’s route to safety was cut off by the flames, heat and smoke.

The Attempted Escape

Just under 200 people managed to get onto the roof of the building…but the heat and flames made it impossible for helicopters to pick them up. This tragically resulted in people taking their lives into their own hands…

People attempted to drop down, floor by floor, on the outside of the building…and plummeted to their doom.

People also attempted to jump straight down to ground level in desperation – a jump they could never survive.


13 Souls and Home of the Devil

When the fire and rescue teams were finally able to get into the burned out building, they came across an elevator that was sealed shut. After a bit of a struggle they finally managed to pry open the doors…and what they discovered would stay with them forever more…

The lift was full of charred bodies of residents that had got stuck within when the fire broke out – the metallic elevator had acted as a human oven in the heat…and fused the bodies together.

The authorities eventually managed to count 13 dead bodies within that elevator…but nobody ever came forward to claim them. It was as if these victims never existed.

They were buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, side by side, and are now known as the ’13 Souls’.

13 Souls and Home of the Devil

Not long after the tragedy, people began looking into the history of the land the building was built on…

Apparently, in 1948, a 26 year old chemist named Paul Campbell lived on the land with his family (who were made up of his two sisters and his mother). For no reason at all – Campbell suddenly cracked one day…and ended up killing his entire family.

He then dragged their bloody bodies outside, and committed suicide.

One of the officers that was called to this bloody scene, managed to cut his hand as he was handling the corpses of Campbell’s family – he died within days of receiving the cut.

This was enough for locals of the area – they instantly labeled the ground as cursed…and gave it the title of ‘The Home of the Devil’.


The Praca da Bandeira

The building was eventually totally repaired and given the name of Praca da Bandeira – it is now a building that is well known for paranormal activity.

Every floor above the fifteenth seems to play host to a range of hauntings – on numerous occasions the fire systems have been set off by an unknown force and apparitions are constantly reported in the building’s stairwells.

Psychics who have investigated the property claim that most of the spirits are friendly enough…but there is also a dark force hidden in the background…

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