A massive fire engulfs Grossinger’s Hotel, which inspired “Dirty Dancing”: NPR

A building on the old site of Grossinger’s Hotel was destroyed after a fire on Tuesday.

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A massive fire engulfs Grossinger's Hotel, which inspired "Dirty Dancing": NPR

A building on the old site of Grossinger’s Hotel was destroyed after a fire on Tuesday.

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A major fire has burned down the remaining pieces of Grossinger’s Hotel property, a former vacation spot in the Catskills and inspiration for the hit 1987 film Dirty dancing.

The Liberty Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the old property on Tuesday evening. They arrived and found a large three-and-a-half-story building that was completely engulfed in flames. The fire was so large that the smoke column could be seen for miles, according to the department.

In recent years, the property was largely overgrown and abandoned. This hampered the rescuer’s ability to reach the fire site. Firefighters had to break through a fence to gain access to the roadway leading to the building. Concrete barriers in the road further blocked firefighters’ easy access to the accident site, the fire service said.

A massive fire engulfs Grossinger's Hotel, which inspired "Dirty Dancing": NPR

Another angle from the fire in a building on the old Grossinger’s resort of the Catskills.

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Once the fire was extinguished, a backhoe was deployed to knock down the remaining parts of the building, officially liberating the Catskills from what was left of the Grossinger Hotel.

The fire is still under investigation, according to the Liberty Fire Department.

Grossinger’s heyday was after World War II, according to the Associated Press. Hundreds of thousands of vacationers went to the Catskills to visit the site. One of those visitors was Eleanor Bergstein, writer and producer of dirty dancing, who was there on vacation with her family.

The film tells the romantic story of a young woman (played by Jennifer Grey) named Francis “Baby” Houseman, who falls in love with a dance teacher named Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) while on vacation at a resort like Grossinger.

Before finally closing in 1986, the hotel comprised a complex of 35 buildings on 1,200 acres that served 150,000 guests a year at its peak.

Although the film is based on this resort, it was filmed in North Carolina and Virginia.

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