It was the backdrop for one of film's most iconic love stories but the hotel in Dirty Dancing has gone up in flames.

New York state's Catskills Condominium Complex, known as the Kellerman's Hotel in the 1987 film, was destroyed in the blaze despite the efforts of 300 firefighters.

No deaths were reported.

The fire moved quickly through the complex which was originally opened in 1944 in the city of Loch Sheldrake, 85 miles from New York City.

Several residents, who lost their homes and all their possessions, were rehoused at the Sullivan County Community College.

The cause of the fire has not been confirmed.

The idyllic resort was one of several Catskills locations that inspired the hotel in film about a teenager who falls for a dance instructor while her family is on holiday.

Patrick Swayze's lead role as Johnny Castle catapulted him to superstar status.

A remake of the original film is due to be released in 2013.