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Centralia Mine Fire Turns 53 Years Old
CENTRALIA -- The Centralia mine fire has been burning for 53 years to the day. It was back on May 27, 1962 when that fire broke out, eventually turning the community in Columbia County into a ghost town. “Centralia, oh, Centralia was a fantastic place. Everybody knew everybody.” For 53 years to the day, a mine fire continues to burn deep below the ghost town of Centralia.