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VOL.2,NO.100 Chicago, Saturday, Jan.. 25, 1913 ONE CENT
INQUEST OVER- YOUNG GIRL BURNED TO
DEATH IN FACTORY FIRE POSTPONED
Testimony Will Show That Girl Could Have Saved
Herself if Building Laws Had Been Com
plied With By Owners.
The inquest over Anna Em
roth, who was burned to death in
the fire that destroyed the T. G.
Riordan factory at 2010 West
Kinzie street, was postponed in
definitely this morning.
The postponement was taken
because Martha Shanlin, of 2068
Stave street, and Bertha Servatis,
of 1324 West Fifteenth street, are
still in the county hospital suf
fering from serious injuries.
Their testimony is wanted.
Sensational testimony will be
brought out at the inquest.
Firemen of Company 7 will swear
that the dead girl was found lying
against a door on the ground floor
of the building, and that this door
opened inward instead of out
ward, as required by Section 15
of the health comfort and safety
law of the ste.
One fireman today told a Day
Book reporter that if the door
had opened outward as required
by law, the girl would have been
able to make her escape from the
An investigation is probable in
to the trick by which it is said a
number of manufacturers have
been evading the city ordinance
in regard to fire appliances in
This ordinance calls for fire
escapes on all buildings three or
more stories high. The Riordan
factory really was three stories
high. But the first story was
dropped about two feet below the
level of the sidewalk, and was
called a basement.
By this triok, which is said to
be a common one with manufac
turers, the Riodan company was
able to get out of providing fire
escapes and the iron work called
for in the ordinance regarding
buildings three1 stories or more in
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