A building at Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel, which inspired the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” was toppled following a massive fire Tuesday night, officials said.
The hotel, located in the Catskill Mountains in Liberty, New York, is located approximately 90 minutes from New York City. It closed in 1986 due to financial difficulties.
After receiving multiple calls, the Liberty Fire Department responded to the resort’s location to find a 3.5-story building on fire, according to a post on their Facebook account.
“Firefighters were also hampered by overgrown property and concrete barriers on the roadway that prevented the devices from turning around quickly,” said Liberty Fire Chief Mark Johnstone.
It took the department “several hours to bring the fire under control”.
“At the request of Town of Liberty Code Enforcement, an excavator was brought to the scene to pull down the structure once the fire was extinguished,” Johnstone said. “The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by the NYSP and the Sullivan County Fire Bureau.”
The Catskills Hotel was once an important getaway spot for many Jewish families in the Catskills region known as the “Borscht Belt” during the post-World War II era and into the 1970s, according to Today. It was also home to a number of celebrities in the 1950s, from boxing champion Rocky Marciano to actor Debbie Reynolds.
“Dirty Dancing” screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein has said in several interviews that she went to Grossinger growing up. However, the actual scenes were filmed at locations in North Carolina and Virginia, not Grossinger’s.
Scott Strain contributed.