In 1913, at day-break a big force of Binghamton city employees began to search for the dead entombed beneath the smoldering ruins of the Overall factory of the Binghamton Clothing Company. Not until the tangled mass of brick and steel had been removed would the full extent of the previous day's holocaust be known. A conservative estimate placed the number of dead at more than 50. About 125 employees, mostly women and girls, were trapped within the burning walls. Of these, 41 were known to have escaped. Mayor Irving said he would issue a proclamation calling upon the citizens of Binghamton for a day to be set apart for the funeral of the victims. As many of the bodies were unrecognizable, a pubic funeral would be conducted and the unknown dead would be buried in a plot upon which a shaft would be erected.