Atlanta, GA Masonic Temple Fire, Sep 1950

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TEMPLE BURNS.

Atlanta, Sept. 8. -- (AP) -- A million dollar fire yesterday gutted the six-story Masonic Temple here, a landmark for almost half a century on downtown Peachtree Street.

The flames, their origin undetermined, broke out even as a renovating crew worked to install a fire sprinkler system. A high wind fanned the blaze, which began on the top story of the masonry and steel structure. A chill rain had no effect on the flames.

It was the city's worst fire since 119 persons lost their lives when the Winecoff Hotel, burned on Dec. 7, 1946. No lives were lost this time, and only one person -- a fireman -- was injured.

The entire stock of a shoe store and two dress shops on the street floor were lost.

Daily Times News Burlington North Carolina 1950-09-08