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This situaripn in regard to the
Riordan factory is bad enough. It
probably cost Anna Imroth her
This is a strong statement, but
here is the description of the
scene following the fire, which
justifies it. The description is by
Aloysium Jacobecz, a carpenter
with a workshop at 2026 W. Kin
zie, near the factory :
"I saw the .flames start up,"
says Jacobecz. "I saw them
spread quickly. Then I saw the
men and girls who worked in the
place rush to the windows.
"I saw them look wildly around
for some way of escape. And then
.1 saw them jump through the
windows. They landed, most of
them, on a roof one story lower.
"They were terribly cut by the
glass from the windows through"!
which they had jumped. They
were bleeding, and they were so
frightened that I wonder they did
not become insane."
If fire escapes had been pro
vided in the building these girls,
who were so frightened that one
who saw them afterward won
ders they did not lose their senses,
who were cut by glass and hurt in
their mad jumps from the win
dows of the burning factory,
would have been able to escape.
Probably Anna Imroth would
have escaped by a fire escape and
would be alive today.
If only the doors had opened
outward as ordered by the state
law Anna Imroth probably would
have escaped from the building
that caused her death.
But what is really more rai-J
puna nt than all this is that it is
common talk around the building
inspector's office that there are
many other buildings in Chieago
which are just like the Riordan
That is, that the owners of
these buildings, to evade the three
stories or more in height ordi
nance, have sunk-the building 3
few feet below the sidewalk and
called the ground floor a base
ment. This means that any day there
may be another fire such as the
Riordan one; that any day there
may be another Anna Imroth
trapped in a burning hell ; that -any
day there may be another
saccifice of an American woman
to the lust of the employer who
will not spend the money to pro
tect the lives of those who make
his money for him.
Captain Charles Denny of Fire
Engine Company No. 7, which
was first at the fire, is ready to
testify as to the inward-opening
doors and the lack of proper fire
Thomas J. Reynolds, chief of
the sixth battalion, is ready to
tell the same story and has in his
possession detailed reports of the
firemen who worked on the fire.
Meantime, there is a most re
markable attack of passing the
buck among the officials who
should investigate the case.
Fire Attorney Joseph Murray
says it is up to City Prosecutor
Mclnerney to attend to any viola
tions of the law that may have oc
curred in the building of the
Riordan factory. Which is true.