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Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 8:00am

Marker Sought For 1936 Deadly Fire

Leaders of a northeast Georgia town are seeking a historic marker to commemorate the deaths of dozens of young women, killed when a tornado slammed into their factory and the building caught fire in 1936.

The Times of Gainesville reports that the Gainesville City Council agreed this week to submit an application to the Georgia Historical Society to place a historical marker at the spot.

The tornado that struck Gainesville in 1936 is considered one of the deadliest in U.S. history, with about 200 people killed according to some estimates.

The tornado struck the Cooper Pants Factory, causing a collapse that set off the fire there. Authorities say it killed at least 40 workers who were trapped inside. Some bodies were never identified.