McCumber, was born October 9, 1905 and died in Florida on August 12, 1992 at the age of 86. Under these circumstances, she still worked until her retirement. One celebrated rescue was that of a 1-year-old child. The cause of this tragic event remains a mystery even today. Opened in 1913 as the tallest building in Atlanta, Georgia. Once established in the corridors, the fire fed on the burlap wallcoverings and ignited room doors and transoms. The La Salle and Winecoff fires, in which combustible finish materials were prominent hazards, spurred the adoption of the which had been used by to establish the relative fire hazard of materials as the -E84 and -255 standards from 1958.
When the hospital received news of the , Young dressed and left the hospital for the fire scene. The Winecoff fire led to the incorporation of research into flammability of building materials into code requirements and design standards. The following day, Monday, May 16, 1938, at 3:15 A. On Sunday, those stories tumbled out in a sometimes emotional rush. Still others tried to jump into the nets the firemen were holding, only to land off-center and strike their heads on the edge of the nets.
Doors and transoms were burned through on all but the fourteenth and fifteenth floors. Fire department ladders could extend only part way up the building, but many guests were rescued in that manner. The hotel had a central fire alarm system, manually operated from the front desk, and a with hose racks at each floor. Until the rash of hotel fires in 1946, such legislation was regarded as an unconstitutional taking of property. Other factors contributing to the fire's severity were the open stairway fire doors on each floor would have prevented the fire's upward spread , lack of sprinklers or automated alarms, and combustible interior furnishings. Fire did not spread through the enclosed elevator shafts, nor through the laundry or mail chutes. This provides the best explanation for why the stairway so quickly became a chimney of fire and smoke.
The Winecoff Hotel was built by William F. As people jumped from their rooms, many struck wires, awnings and the marquee. Simultaneously, a second and third alarm was sounded by Chief Styron at 3: 44 A. He was staying in suite 1108-1110-1112 with his first cousins Sarah Baggett Miller died and Catherine Baggett McLaughlin survived. Over a ten-year period of time she underwent seven surgeries and lost a leg. Several features of the building belied the claim that it was fireproof. I was just a fireman at that time but I'll go to my grave knowing about it.
Before the renovations, Mimi Minor Duncan went to the 14th floor, where her mother, Mary Minor, a high school teacher from Thomaston, died along with four students. A onetime Miss Atlanta runner-up and a well-known former box-office girl at the and in Atlanta, Georgia, she died falling from room 720 to the alley behind the hotel. Bowen, and Chief of Department Charles C. Rick Roberts speaks to people gathered at The Spotted Dog -- which used to house Fire Station 11 -- during a commemoration to mark the 60th anniversary of the Winecoff Hotel fire in downtown Atlanta. Although there were reports of some firefighters losing their lives as a result of falling victims, none actually did.
Many bodies were burned beyond recognition and had to be identified by rings and other items found on the body. . In no time, the structure was ablaze. Several firefighters were injured after being knocked off their ladders by falling bodies. Atlanta building code of 1911 permitted building lots of less than 5,000 square feet to have a single stairway. Met Safety Standards City Fire Marshal Harry Phillips said the Winecoff had been inspected during the past week and had met fire department regulations.
But most of the men, women and children who jammed the 194 rooms for the weekend were either killed or injured. She climbed out of room 1504, slipped from the cornice and fell 15 stories, landing on the hood of a fire truck and breaking her neck. By the time they arrived, many guests had found that the only stairs, located in the center of the structure, had become chimneys for fire and smoke, and escape was impossible. The cause of the early morning fire is still disputed. Fireproof construction was a term primarily originating with the insurance industry, which was chiefly concerned with property loss claims.
Chet Wallace My mother, Linda Lucille Sheatz later married as Carole Moeller was a volunteer nurse with the Red Cross Atlanta Chapter and reported to give blood and help the injured the night of the fire. The gutted lobby served as a souvenir shop during the. Sixty years ago, the tavern was an Atlanta fire station that sent trucks to the fire. The first engine and ladder companies arrived within thirty seconds of the call, by that time people were already jumping from windows. Here, the scene was not unlike the one on Peachtree Street, with the exception that there was no space in which to maneuver an aerial-ladder. Room doors were wood, with movable transom panels above each door for ventilation.