Friday, August 10, 2018

Stories of the Winecoff Fire

Winecoff Fire co-authors Sam Heys and Allen B. Goodwin are pleased to commend to readers a new book by Chet Wallace: Stories of the Winecoff Fire.

First inspired by The Winecoff Fire: The Untold Story of America's Deadliest Hotel Fire, Wallace's book brings new width and depth to the saga. 119 people died, but who were they? Wallace's labor of love and respect for the fire's victims brings us the answers. Wallace examines the back stories of 119 ordinary people who's deaths inspired the fire safety standards the world now relies on. We see the first half of the 20th century through their eyes and learn how their paths converged at the Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta December 7, 1946.

 “Chet Wallace first came to us in 2010,” said Winecoff fire co-author, Sam Heys. “It was clear to us he was as interested in the story as we were.”

“He reinvigorated our research and began turning up new witnesses and family members of the victims. He located many of the victims' photos now on Winecoff.org's Remembrance Page,” added Allen B. Goodwin.

Thanks to Wallace's reverent study, mostly forgotten victims of a tragic fire long ago emerge as a lovable collective still guarding the safely of millions the world over.

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