Flashback photos: Atlanta fires, firestations and firefighters, 1896-1987 Previous Gallery Next Gallery 1 / 52 AJC file 1907 horse-drawn fire pump (steam pumper) at Atlanta Fire Station No. 5. The men are identified as John White, driver; Walter Robison, stoker; and John Post, engineer. 2 / 52 AJC file Firefighters try to put out a fire at the O.B. Cashews Co. and Atlanta Service Warehouse on November 30, 1937. 3 / 52 AJC file Firemen of the Atlanta Fire Station No. 3 stand beside their horse-drawn equipment to have their picture taken in 1907. The station was located at Marietta and Latimer streets. The captain of the station in 1907 was John Kaiser (fourth from left). 4 / 52 AJC file Fire destroying a block of 30 buildings including the Terminal Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, May 8, 1908. 5 / 52 AJC file Terminal Block Fire destroying a block of 30 buildings including the Terminal Hotel in Atlanta May 8, 1908. 6 / 52 AJC file Terminal Block Fire destroying a block of 30 buildings including the Terminal Hotel, Atlanta on May 8, 1908. 7 / 52 Kenneth Rogers/AJC The Great Atlanta fire of 1917 was centered in the Old Fourth Ward. It happened on May 21, 1917. 8 / 52 AJC file Skyline view of the Great Atlanta Fire of 1917 9 / 52 AJC file Old Fire Headquarters (aka Frie Station No. 1) on Alabama Street. The building was constructed around 1892 (the stone above the entrance arch is engraved with that date) in the Romanesque revival style. This photo was probably shot sometime in the 1890s. 10 / 52 AJC file Fire at the Georgia Paint Company, 88 Luckie Street, Atlanta, Georgia, May 25, 1935. 11 / 52 AJC file Fireman helping a woman caught in the Cable Piano Company fire to climb down a ladder, Atlanta, November 19, 1936. 12 / 52 AJC file Fire burning the Piedmont Driving Club, original photograph from May 1937. 13 / 52 AJC file Firefighter carried out of the Winecoff Hotel fire after being overcome by smoke, 1946 14 / 52 AJc file The Terminal Hotel fire, by daylight, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16 or 17, 1938. 15 / 52 AJC file H.B. Christian, of the East Point Fire Department, with a 29-year-old fire pump which pumped 1,295,000 gallons in 91 hours. From 1940. 16 / 52 AJC file Firefighters assess the building damage of the Winecoff Hotel fire, 1946 17 / 52 Tom Aldred/AJC Fire station located at Atlanta Municipal Airport, 1952. 18 / 52 Hugh Stovall/AJC Fireman cuts high-voltage power line at scene of Willingham-Tift Lumber Co. fire, Atlanta, Georgia, May 1952. 19 / 52 20 / 52 AJC file Firemen climb ladder into burning building, Atlanta, Georgia, August 1977. 21 / 52 Bill Mahan/AJC Fire Station No. 6, at Boulevard and Auburn Avenue in 1978. 22 / 52 AJC file Workers hang "This grand old lady has gone with the wind" sign on the Loew's Grand Theatre in 1978, after a fire gutted the building where “Gone With the Wind” premiered in 1939. 23 / 52 W.A. Bridges/AJC Atlanta firefighters anxiously wait for hose to be turned on as flames dance behind them at the Southern Railway storage yard in Atlanta on June 19, 1981. 24 / 52 Steve Deal/AJC Three firefighters putting out a fire at the Brickwood Townhouse apartments on Delowe Dr., S.W., in 1984. No one was injured in the fire. 25 / 52 Billy Downs/AJC Fire Station No. 7 firefighter, Debbie Creech, on the scene of a fire, Atlanta, Georgia, October 17, 1986. 26 / 52 John Spink/AJC Emma Morris, driver for the Engine 16 company, was the first woman driver for the Atlanta Fire Department. She’s seen here in 1987. 27 / 52 AJC file Arsonists destroy After Dark, a bookstore and video store catering to gay men, Atlanta, Georgia, December 4, 1980. 28 / 52 AJC file Ahrens-Fox fire truck at Atlanta's Fire Station No. 1, sometime in the 1920s 29 / 52 AJC file From the original caption in March 1940: Fireman W.J. Flynn jumps out of bed and into his boots and breeches. A fireman can dress in two or three seconds. 30 / 52 AJC file Firefighters working to out a fire at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta on March 28, 1938. 31 / 52 AJC file Exterior of the Loew's Grand Theatre after a fire left the interior destroyed, 1978 32 / 52 Bill Wilson/AJC Fire fighters trying to put out the blaze at the Loew's Grand Theatre, 1978 33 / 52 AJC file Smoke billowing from the Loew's Grand Theatre while fire fighters attempt to put out the fire, 1978 34 / 52 Charles R. Pugh Jr./AJC The Loew's Grand Theatre on fire, 1978 35 / 52 AJC file Markham House Fire Atlanta May 1896, which started on May 17 and burned one whole city block. The Markham House (22-24 Loyd Street), was built by William Markham. It opened in 1875; the front balcony served as a speakers podium for well known guests to Atlanta arriving by train. 36 / 52 Jerry Huff/AJC First Fire Station No. 10, at corner of Bryan Street and Oakland Avenue (155 Oakland Avenue), Atlanta, Georgia, August 10, 1960. 37 / 52 Kenneth Rogers Atlanta’s Fire Engine house No. 4, 1958 38 / 52 AJC file Collapsed roof at the Piedmont Driving Club after a fire on May 23, 1937. 39 / 52 Calvin Cruce/AJC Atlanta Federal Penitentiary belching smoke after rioters set part of the building on fire, 1987 40 / 52 AJC file Firefighters struggle to put out a fire at the Terminal Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16, 1938. 41 / 52 AJC file Aftermath of the Terminal Hotel Fire, Atlanta, Georgia, after May 16, 1938. 42 / 52 AJC file Crowds gather at the Terminal Hotel, as day breaks after the disastrous fire, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16, 1938. 43 / 52 AJC file Crowds gather in the aftermath of the Terminal district fire, 1908 44 / 52 AJC file Crowd looks at damage from the Terminal Block Fire in Atlanta on May 8, 1908. 45 / 52 AJC file Damage after the Terminal Hotel Fire, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16, 1938 46 / 52 AJC file Fire fighters battle a large fire in the Terminal Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia, May 16, 1938. 47 / 52 AJC file Crowd looks at damage from theTerminal Block Fire, Atlanta, Georgia, May 8, 1908. 48 / 52 AJC file Firefighters rescuing a woman during the Terminal Hotel Fire in 1938. 49 / 52 AJC file Fireman putting out the fire of Terminal Hotel located on Terminal Block, Atlanta, Georgia, May 8, 1908. 50 / 52 Joe McTyre/AJC Firefighters train by climbing a long ladder, Atlanta, Georgia, May 1967. 51 / 52 Bill Wilson/AJC Emergency vehicles at the disastrous Winecoff Hotel fire, December 7, 1946. 52 / 52 AJC file Firefighters sweep excess water out of the Winecoff Hotel lobby after a fire, 1946 Related Flashback fotos: Atlanta's Terminal Station, 1905-1970 Flashback Fotos: Aerial Atlanta, the city from above 1905-1988 Photos: The Winecoff Hotel fire Flashback Photos: MARTA rail service in Atlanta Flashback fotos: A journey down Spring Street, 1930-1985 Sign up for e-newsletters Want more news? 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