Introducing Centralia . . . A Town on Fire
One of the locations for my next book, tentatively titled Centralia, is a small town in Pennsylvania by the same name. It is (or was) a coal mining town . . . until a fire destroyed it in 1962. But this wasn’t your typical fire. It didn’t consume homes and destroy buildings. It ate away at the town from beneath, from within the coal veins that run beneath the surface.
And after 51 years it’s still burning.
You can read more about the town and the fire and see some excellent photos here.
Next Saturday I hope to visit Centralia . . . or what ‘s left of it. Most of it has been razed and all but 10 of the residents have left.
Oh, but in this story Centralia is so much more than just a town, it’s . . . well, you’ll just have to wait and see.