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Hotel that inspired 'Dirty Dancing' goes up in flames

A little bit of movie history went up in flames Saturday night when a fire consumed most of a Catskills condominium complex formerly known as Brown's Hotel. The complex inspired the hotel known as Kellerman's in the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing."

"Dirty Dancing" was filmed mostly in North Carolina, not New York, but Brown's Hotel was one of several Catskills hotels that inspired the film. The movie stars Jennifer Grey as a teen who falls for a dance instructor (Patrick Swayze) while her family vacations at a Catskills resort. The real Brown's was a favorite of comedian Jerry Lewis.

The structure opened in 1944 in the city of Loch Sheldrake, N.Y., 85 miles from New York City. It was turned into condominiums in 1997. No one was reported killed or injured in the fire, though many lost their homes and possessions. Residents were bused to shelter at a nearby college.

The Times Herald-Record in Middletown, N.Y., reports that more than 43 fire companies and 300 firefighters fought the blaze, and that seven of nine buildings in the complex were destroyed. The newspaper called it the "largest fire in Catskills history."

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