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Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Winecoff Fire

 
 
The Winecoff Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 9, 2012
1. The Winecoff Fire Marker
Inscription. This is the site of the worst hotel fire in U.S. history. In the predawn hours of December 7, 1946, the Winecoff Hotel fire killed 119 people. The 15-story building still stands adjacent to this marker. At the time, this building had neither fire escapes, fire doors, nor sprinklers. For two and a half hours, Atlanta fire fighters and others from nearby towns battled valiantly in the cold to save the majority of the 280 guests. But their ladders reached only to the eighth floor and their nets were not strong enough to withstand jumps of more than 70 feet. Therefore numerous guests died on the sidewalks and in the alley behind the building. Thirty of the 119 victims were among Georgia’s most promising high school students, who had come to Atlanta to attend the YMCA’s Youth Assembly at the Capitol. The Winecoff fire became the watershed event in fire safety. Within days, cities across America began enacting more stringent safety ordinances. The fact that the Winecoff fire remains the worst hotel fire in U.S. history is testimony to its impact on modern fire safety codes.

This marker is dedicated to the victims, the survivors, and the firemen who fought the Winecoff fire.
 
Erected 1994 by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. (Marker Number 060-175.)
 
Marker series.
The Winecoff Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 9, 2012
2. The Winecoff Fire Marker
View from Caragie St.
This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 45.45′ N, 84° 23.297′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Forsythe Street NW and Margaret Mitchell Square NW, on the right when traveling north on Forsythe Street NW. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 36 Margaret Mitchell Square, NW, Atlanta GA 30303, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thrasherville (approx. ¼ mile away); 1998 Shining Light Award (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Eternal Flame Of The Confederacy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Georgia Railroad Freight Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Burning and Destruction of Atlanta (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fulton County (approx. half a mile away); Dr. John S. Pemberton (approx. half a mile away); Immaculate Conception Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
 
Categories. DisastersNotable Buildings
 
The Winecoff Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Judith Barber, September 9, 2012
3. The Winecoff Fire Marker
View from Forsyth St.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on September 22, 2012, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2012, by Judith Barber of Marietta, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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