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How survivor escaped flames in pants plant
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The Cooper Pants Factory historical marker at the corner of Maple and Broad streets in Gainesville has been appropriately unveiled in remembrance of those who died in the 1936 tornado, specifically those killed in the tragic fire that engulfed the pants factory. While there has been ample publicity about the marker and retelling of stories related to the Cooper Pants Factory tragedy, there is another story worth telling in the words of a survivor of the fire. Thelma Sosebee, who worked in the factory, also wrote articles from the Sugar Hill community on the Gainesville-Athens Highway, U.S. 129, for the Gainesville News and Gainesville Eagle.