Tragedy In The South:
The Winecoff Hotel Fire of 1946
A documentary depicting the horror of our country's deadliest hotel fire.

"Surely there's a heaven for folks that die this way..."
--Lee Roy Abernathy

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The History of the Hotel Fire

1. Hotel's Origins

2. Night of The Fire

3. Tragic Design

4. Firefighting Efforts

5. Boys From Rome

6. Accident or Arson

6. Fire Changes Codes

8. After The Fire

9. Winecoff Today

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The Night of The Fire

On 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.

Around 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!"

Unbeknownst 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.

Copyright 2003 Glass Mountain Entertainment