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. Roberts, a firefighter at the time who went on to become battalion chief, is credited with helping to save several of the survivors. The fire, at 119 deaths, the worst hotel fire in U.S. history, caused departments across the country to update their fire safety codes. (Allen Sullivan / Special)
Intersection of Peachtree and Cain (now Andrew Young International Blvd.) Streets in the early 1920s, with the Winecoff Hotel in the distance. The Masonic Temple, foreground, right, was demolished in the mid-1920s. Across the street from the Masonic Temple is the Henry Grady Hotel, next to that is Davison's and then the Winecoff Hotel. The building in the distance past the Winecoff is the Candler Building.
Photo from the Winecoff hotel fire in Atlanta, Ga. Dec. 7, 1946. This photo shows Mr. and Mrs. J. Reid Horne of Cordele , Ga. that were guest of the Winecoff Hotel ,comfort J. W. Henry (right) of Jefferson City, Tenn. whose wife died in the fire which swept thru the 15 story structure in Atlanta, Ga. on Dec. 7 ,1946. (AP/FILE PHOTO)