I know it was the worst hotel fire in US history
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The Winecoff Hotel is a former hotel located in downtown Atlanta. It is most known for the deadly fire that occurred there on December 7, 1946, in which 119 people died. It remains the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history, and prompted many changes in building codes. The building reopened after extensive remodeling (including modern fire precautions) in the early 1950s as the Peachtree on Peachtree Hotel. The hotel was later turned into a home for the elderly, and it was shuttered in the early 1980s. After over two decades of vacancy, ground broke on a $23 million renovation project in April 2006. The project will restore the building into a boutique luxury hotel, to be called the Hotel Ellis after the street that runs along the north side of the building. It is slated to be complete in August of 2007.
Arnold Hardy, a 26-year-old graduate student at Georgia Tech, became the first amateur to win a Pulitzer Prize in photography for his snapshot of a woman in mid-air after jumping from the 11th floor of the hotel during the fire.
At around 3:00 AM on December 7, 1946, the deadliest hotel fire in North American history took place. It was at the Winecoff Hotel on the corner of Peachtree Street and Ellis Street in downtown Atlanta. The Winecoff was 15 stories tall and billed as the tallest hotel in Atlanta. The Winecoff was also billed as firepfroof becasue of its brick construction. The fire killed 119 of the 280 people staying in the hotel. Many were High School students that were there for some kind of convention. My Mom told me many times that there were students from Jordan there. Some of the girls could only be identified by their class rings. The victims were burned to death, died from smoke inhalation or jumped from the windows.