Sam Quinones, Special to The Washington Post
"The Hamlet Fire: A Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives" by Bryant Simon, New Press. 303 pp. $26.95 On Sept. 3, 1991, fire swept through the Imperial Food Products chicken-processing plant in the town of Hamlet, North Carolina. Workers scrambled to save themselves. But an exit was blocked to keep flies out of the plant. Sprinklers failed.
On Sept. 3, 1991, fire swept through the Imperial Food Products chicken-processing plant in the town of Hamlet, N.C. Workers scrambled to save themselves. But an exit was blocked to keep flies out of the plant. Sprinklers failed. The flames spread on the hydraulic fluid spraying from a loosened hose connected to the fryer and lapped up the chicken grease all over the plant floor. Twenty-five people died, most of them women, minimum-wage line workers.
Sam Quinones is a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles and the author, most recently, of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” Not long ago, I visited a Narcotics Anonymous meeting where men with tattoos and short-cropped hair sat in a circle and talked out their errors.One had lived under an overpass, pimping his girlfriend’s daughter for cash to buy heroin. As the thought brought him to tears, his neighbor patted his shoulder.
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