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 Boys From Rome

One of the most heart-wrenching casualties of this fire was the untimely death of thirty of Georgia's most promising high school students who had decended upon Atlanta with much excitement and anticipation to attend a Youth Assembly meeting sponsored by the HI YI, a youth Christian arm of the YMCA.

Like many other towns, the city of Rome, Georgia had sent several of their brightest students. Among these promising teens were four beloved and much respected boys who had the misfortune of being assigned to a room on the upper backside of the Winecoff Hotel: one of the few rooms that firemen's ladders could not reach.

The death of these four boys proved to be a loss for which the city of Rome would never recover.

Copyright 2003 Glass Mountain Entertainment