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