Grossinger’s Catskills Resort hotel site suffers devastating fire

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to clarify that the specific use of the building that burned remains unknown.

CITY OF FREEDOM — A building on the once-iconic site of Grossinger’s Catskill Resort was demolished on Tuesday night after a devastating fire tore through the vacant and dilapidated property.

By the time the first crews arrived at the site, located near State Route 52 and Sullivan Avenue in the town of Liberty, the three-and-a-half-story building was engulfed in flames, according to information posted online by the Liberty Fire Department. A column of smoke was visible several kilometers away.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire has yet to be determined, said John Hauschild, fire coordinator with the Sullivan County Fire Bureau.

The Bureau of Fire is investigating the incident with the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations, State Police Troop F Troop Steven Nevel confirmed.

The Grossinger resort was one of the largest resorts in the Borscht belt and served as a inspiration for the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing”. It was permanently closed in 1986 and has since fallen into disrepair. The property had long been vacant when Tuesday’s fire broke out.

Other buildings in the complex had been demolished before the fire. It was not immediately clear Wednesday which building had burned down, or what the structure had been used for when Grossinger was open.

Firefighters from multiple departments battled the blaze for six hours, according to the Liberty Fire Department’s online post. Their efforts were hampered by the overgrown state of the property and concrete road barriers that made it difficult for a fire apparatus to navigate the bends.

Additionally, more than 1,000 feet of hose had to be stretched between the fire and tankers that were delivering water at the bottom of a nearby hill, according to the post.

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