Luckie Street Fire
Davis Brothers Restaurant
Atlanta, GA

 Hot-Lanta: Historic Fire Sites & Current Hot Spots!

Atlantan’s have experienced devastation by fire, but also rebirth, numerous times; here are some of the most notable...

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FIRE SITES
MAY 29, 1971 ♦ The Luckie Street/Davis Brothers Restaurant Fire
   

    Then: Davis Brothers Restaurant   
     Now: LAZ Parking Deck
    104 Luckie St, Atlanta, GA

   
    A gas fire in the basement exploded killing four Atlanta firemen and injured 23
    more. This fire prompted an ordinance mandating gas meters be located on
    the outside of buildings.


Photo by courtesy of Fire Fighter Magazine


     ♦ The second worst loss of life suffered by the Atlanta Fire Dept.

 
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DEC 7, 1946 ♦ The Winecoff Hotel Fire
   

    Then: The Winecoff Hotel        Now: The Ellis Hotel
    176 Peachtree St, Atlanta, GA  (Also a CURRENT HOT SPOT!)  

    The Winecoff Hotel was billed as “fireproof” yet this fire took the lives of 119 civilians; 
     mostly hotel guests. This fire—deemed arson—prompted several changes to fire
     ordinances.

     ♦ The worst hotel fire in American or world history; now second worst in the world.

 




Photo by Donna Bowman
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MAY 6, 1925 ♦ The Decatur Street Fire
    Then: The Jass Manufacturing Co.   

    321 Decatur St, Atlanta, GA

    A floor loaded with bailed cotton collapsed onto several Atlanta Firefighters.
     Six firemen were killed; eight others were severely injured. 

     ♦ The worst loss of life suffered by the Atlanta Fire Dept.

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MAY 21, 1917 ♦ The Great Atlanta Fire
     


     
    Edgewood Ave/Oakland Cemetery to
    Ponce de Leon Ave/Ponce de Leon Park, Atl, GA

   A pile of mattresses caught fire at the Skinner Storage
   Company warehouse at Decatur and Fort Streets. High winds
   quickly spread the fire, converging with two other active blazes.
 
Photo courtesy of the Bowman Collection

    ♦ More than 300 acres ultimately charred, and some 1,900 homes, churches, and businesses were reduced to 
    rubble, killing one person and leaving thousands homeless. 

   Atlanta History Center        Georgia Public Broadcasting Photos         GPB Video
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SEPT 1864 ♦ Sherman Burns Atlanta
 
  

   Atlanta, GA

   During the American Civil War, Major General William T.
   Sherman of the Union Army ordered the unprecedented,
   purposeful burning of Atlanta, Georgia.


    ♦ More than 4,000 homes, shops, stores, mills, and depots were ruthlessly destroyed.

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CURRENT HOT SPOTS!
  

   130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305-1366 404-814-4000

   The history center houses a museum with an exhibit of Atlanta fire artifacts.
   The highlight is a horse-drawn, steam-powered fire engine used to battle the 
   Great Atlanta Fire of 1917. 

    Video & Blog
                  
Photo by Donna Bowman
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Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern         
   
  

  Then: Atlanta Fire Station #11        Now: Engine 11 Firehouse Tavern

    30 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 ♦ 404-873-3473
 
    This fire station is where a blaring alarm sent several firemen to the Davis
    Brothers Restaurant.    

Photo by Donna Bowman


    ♦ Two firemen from Station 11, and two from Station 15, would never return.
       


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