The never ending Centralia coal mine fire is highlighted in 'Looking Back' in the all new NFPA Journal

Blog Post created by jesseroman Employee on Sep 24, 2015

Looking back blog
The Looking Back feature in the new September/October NFPA Journal didn’t have to look back too far to highlight the Centralia, Pennsylvania, coal mine fire. It’s actually still burning today, after more than 50 years.

The fire started at the Centralia town dump in May 1962, where burning trash lit an exposed coal seam at the mouth of a mine. For several years, the residents of Centralia didn’t seem to mind the fire burning beneath them. Many no longer had to shovel snow; some could even grow tomatoes year-round in the warm ground. But the honeymoon ended when residents began passing out from toxic gases, when the main road dropped eight feet and that time a fracture in the earth almost swallowed a boy.

Learn about suppression efforts, relocation efforts and the just ended legal fight between the government and some town residents to remain in the town despite the risks, all in the new NFPA Journal



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