On this day: the Winecoff Hotel fire

The Winecoff Hotel fire of December 7, 1946 was the deadliest hotel fire in United States history, killing 119 hotel occupants, including the hotel's owners. Daisy B. McCumber

Daisy B. McCumber jumps from the hotel. She sustained serious lifelong injuries, but survived.

On the 7th of December, 1946, a fire broke out at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Killing 119 people, including the owners, it is the deadliest hotel fire in US history.

Hotel guests found themselves unable to escape, and some tied bed sheets together to try and get to the bottom of the fifteen-floor building. However, the sheets broke. Fire fighters were hampered by falling bodies, causing them injuries.

Of the dead, thirty-two died by falling, including those who misjudged the distance to the next roof and tried to jump across.

 

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