In 1911, the Triangle Shirt Factory was one of the biggest blouse manufacturers in New York City. The workers worked very long hours in small spaces and were paid low wage. In 1909, the employees decided to go on strike for higher pay and a shorter work week. On March 25, 1911, a fire had started (but nobody knew what was the exact cause) on the 8th floor and the fire quickly grew uncontrollable, even for the firefighters. This resulted in many fire, safety and building codes being passed.