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Fire might have claimed 'Gone with the Wind' items
Debris is what is left after fire destroyed a building , Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 near Stockbridge, Ga. A museum official says valuable memorabilia from the classic film 'Gone with the Wind' was being kept in a storage facility that was heavily damaged by fire. Frenda Turner of the Road to Tara Museum fears much of the collection was lost to flames or water damage. Turner said items stored there included "highly, highly collectable" Gone With the Wind memorabilia not currently on display at the Jonesboro museum. She said the items included large poster-type boards that were used at the 1939 premier. Henry County Fire Capt. Sabrina Puckett says firefighters battled the blaze for several hours overnight. Fire officials said one person was injured in the blaze. AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, John Spink.
STOCKBRIDGE (AP).- Museum officials are waiting to see whether memorabilia from the classic film "Gone with the Wind" was ruined when a fire heavily damaged the facility near Atlanta where it was stored.

Rebekah Cline with the Clayton County Convention and Visitors Bureau says the Road to Tara Museum in Henry County has a storage unit on the lower level of the facility, while the fire broke out on the upper level. But she says firefighters said all the units had sustained some degree of fire, smoke or water damage.

Cline says the unit housed collectible posters from the 1939 premier and promotional paintings. But she says the museum's most valuable treasures are at the museum. They include costumes, a signed first-edition copy of the book and an original movie script.

The spirits of Mitchell, Clark Gable’s Rhett Butler, Vivien Leigh’s Scarlett O’Hara, and a host of other Hollywood characters color the exhibits that include such treasures as Margaret Mitchell’s china; detailed and accurate reproductions of the costumes worn by Leigh, Hattie McDaniel (Mammy), Ona Munson (Belle Watling), Ann Rutherford (Careen O’Hara), and Cammie King Conlon (Bonnie Blue Butler); numerous foreign translations of the book; and many items from the personal collection of Herb Bridges, the largest private collector of Gone With The Wind memorabilia.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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