Julio Gonzalez, Arsonist Who Killed 87 at New York Club in ’90, Dies at 61 – Repeating Islands

Happy Land was found to have lacked fire exits, alarms and sprinklers. It had been ordered closed in November 1988, and its operators were facing eviction.The fire occurred 79 years to the day after 146 garment workers — many of them young immigrants, too — died in a fire at the Triangle shirt factory in Lower Manhattan, a calamity that awakened New Yorkers to oppressive and dangerous work conditions and fire hazards in many parts of the city.The Happy Land fire provoked a similar response. City officials belatedly formed a task force to toughen and enforce the regulations governing social clubs. About a third of the 1,500 places that were inspected were closed, and a year later, about 320 were still shut down.

Source: Julio Gonzalez, Arsonist Who Killed 87 at New York Club in ’90, Dies at 61 – Repeating Islands