Dirty Dancing may be a movie that will remain in people's hearts for a long time, but the hotel that inspired it won't. The Catskill's condominium complex formerly known as Brown's Hotel burned down in a fire Saturday night.
Dirty Dancing was filmed in North Carolina, but the hotel in the movie, Kellerman's, was inspired by the former Brown's Hotel, which was located in New York. Brown's hotel opened in 1944 in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y. and was turned into condominiums in 1997. No casualties or injuries were reported in the fire, but many residents lost most of their possessions and were being housed at a nearby shelter.
The fire was reported by The Times Herald-Record as the largest in Catskill's history with 43 fire companies and over 300 firemen fighting it. Seven of the nine buildings, that housed 396 units, ended up being destroyed in the blaze.
Just a month ago, managers at the complex agreed to fix code violations including inoperable alarms, sprinklers, fire doors and emergency lights.
Dirty Dancing was filmed in 1987 and was about a girl Baby (Jennifer Grey) that is on vacation with her family. While Baby is on vacation she meets the hotel dancing instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze), and falls in love with him. He teaches her how to dance and breaks her out of her shy, protective shell, ending with the couple performing the big dance of the annual talent show.
In 2009, Swayze passed away from pancreatic cancer and in 2010 Grey competed on Dancing with the Stars and won.
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