A fire was lit in the city’s garbage dump inside a pit of an abandoned mine in the southeastern part of Centralia in 1962. The fire ignited an exposed coal vein and spread through all the mines below the village . Several attempts were made to put out the fire with no result. During this time, several people were affected in their health by the carbon monoxide produced by the incident.
It is currently estimated that the coal belt under Centralia, Pennsylvania, is about 10 kilometers long and today still burns at about 1,000 meters deep. Authorities became aware of its existence in the mid-1970s.
Firefighters opened several holes in the ground to check the fire’s evolution and considered it controlled until the owner of a local gas station introduced a rod to measure the underground tanks and discovered that were at 80 ° C.
Shortly thereafter, a 12-year-old boy was rescued after falling into a 40-meter-long pit that opened under his feet. In view of the events, the authorities were launched and in 1984 they evacuated the city. A few families chose to stay until they were finally expelled in 1992.
The current appearance of Centralia is the closest thing to a horror movie. In fact, the place served as inspiration for the movie “Silent Hill”. Here and there, the fire has raised the streets, small columns of smoke give away the places for which it tries to breathe.