History of the Hotel Fire
of The Fire
Night of The Fire
the night of December 7, 1946, the hotel was filled to capacity
with over 280 guests including shoppers, travelers, World
War II soldiers eager to rebuild their lives, and 40 of
Georgia's most promising high school students who had come
to attend a mock legislation.
three o'clock in the morning, the elevator operator noticed
the smell of smoke around the fifth floor. Panicked, she
descended to the lobby then stumbled out of the elevator
screaming, "Fire! Fire!"
to her, the fire had already completely engulfed floors
three, four and five. For employees of the hotel and the
guests who were awake, realization and reaction would come
quickly. But for the guests who were asleep, survival would
come at a much higher price.