Gainesville Historical Society Approves Marker for Deadly Fire

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - The Georgia Historical Society has approved a historic marker to commemorate the deaths of dozens of young women who perished in one of the nation's deadliest fires.
The victims were killed when a tornado slammed into their Gainesville factory and the building caught fire in 1936.
The tornado struck the Cooper Pants Factory, causing a collapse that set off the fire there. The Times of Gainesville reports ( that the fire trapped many of the workers inside, killing from 40 to 125 mostly young women.
The Gainesville City Council decided late last year to submit an application to the Georgia Historical Society to place a historic marker at the site. Jessica Tullar, special projects manager for the city, said she has been told that the marker has been approved.
Information from: The Times,

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