“The Burning of the Granite Mill”


Workers in a Fall River factory are routinely locked into their workplace. The mill catches fire and the workers -- who could have been saved if conditions had been better -- die in agony

Historical references

  • Sept 19, 1874 - Burning of the Granite Mill in Fall River, Massachusetts. The tragedy, in which 20 died, three disappeared, and 36 were injured, was aggravated by the failure to sound a fire alarm for twenty minutes


  1. Laws G13, "The Burning of the Granite Mill"
  2. Creighton-NovaScotia 118, "Granite Mill" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. DT 675, GRANITML
  4. Roud #1823
  5. BI, LG13


Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1932 (Creighton-NovaScotia)
Keywords: fire death disaster
Found in: US(NE) Canada(Mar)