Winecoff Hotel Fire
When the fire started on the third floor at 3:30 in the morning, many guests didn’t even know it until their rooms filled with smoke. Fire ladders reached only to the seventh floor of the 15-story hotel.
Arnold Hardy, a young graduate student at Georgia Tech, won a Pulitzer Prize for a picture he snapped of a woman in mid-air who had jumped from the 11th floor. Though she miraculously survived, 119 others didn’t, and many jumped to their deaths or were burned beyond recognition, including 30 teenagers in town for a youth conference.
Building codes were changed across the country because of the horrific tragedy in Atlanta on December 7, 1946, Today in Georgia History.
The site of the Winecoff Hotel is now the boutique luxury, the Ellis Hotel.