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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Marietta Firefighters Remembered

This Marietta, Georgia  fire engine saw service at the Winecoff Hotel fire
Hello Allen,
I've got the names of the firefighters from Marietta who fought the Winecoff fire: Verlin Wilson, who drove, Louis Nix, Gene Hughes, Captain Fred Addison and Chief Howard Schaffer. They were requested at 5:00 a.m. that morning. When they arrived they assisted with aerial operations and search and rescue and were there for five hours according to newspaper accounts. No official documents exist.
Chet Wallace

Dear Chet,
Thanks for these names. The Atlanta Fire Department issued the maximum, four alarms, "all men and equipment to the Winecoff Hotel," then called for help from other Georgia cities. Years later the arrangement was formalized into Mutual Aid agreements between the area's fire departments. Descendants of the brave Marietta men are urged to submit photos of them to be included in this space.
Be safe,

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Reader in Atlanta Writes

Good afternoon,

I've been reading about the Winecoff Hotel Fire for a couple of weeks now. I've been living in Atlanta for 5 years and never heard of this event. I stumbled upon your website and the facts about the Winecoff fire after hearing about it at the Ellis Hotel. I was visiting a friend from Tennessee who was staying there and we were both floored. I work at a law firm and have read about similar fires at The Station Nightclub and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory and could not believe something this scale happened here in Atlanta. I stopped to look up at the building as I left the hotel and shivered.

I will be purchasing your book from Amazon this week. Thank you for your detailed and respectful website. I wish more Atlantans knew about this sad, pivotal chapter in our history.

Take care,

Dear Ash,

Thank you for your kind e-mail. Please write again as you learn more about the incredible tragedy that occurred right on Atlanta's most famous thoroughfare. For books click here.

All best,

Friday, March 6, 2015

A Reader in Philadelphia Writes:

Dear Mr. Goodwin,
I received my book yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to note that you were thoughtful enough to sign it for me.
(Always nice to have an autograph.)
I started the book last evening and was immediately engrossed - you're not one for preliminaries.
I've been a Casualty Claims Representative for various insurance carriers for the past 35 years and take an interest in these type of accounts.
I've noted that in most cases of horrific loss of life from the Coconut Grove fire to the Station nightclub (would direct you to John Barylick's"Killer Show") the root cause is usually greed.
Again, I thank you for your courtesy and wish you all the best in the future.
Paul Bidus

Thank you for your kind e-mail and useful observations, Paul.
All best, Allen