It's been a century since 31 people died in a garment factory fire in downtown Binghamton.

The blaze at the Binghamton Clothing Company on Wall Street broke out on the afternoon of July 22, 1913.

Historians say it was the greatest loss of life as the result of a fire in Broome County history.

The four-story factory building just north of Court Street collapsed within minutes of the first alarm.

Most of those who died were women and girls who burned to death.

A memorial plaque at the site of the fire was dedicated fours year ago.