Tagged: David DeKok

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As we’ve previously covered, a new documentary about Centralia, PA and its mine fire disaster is currently in post-production. Centralia, Pennsylvania’s Lost Town is set to be released this summer [Update: Film to be...

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By 1984, the fate of Centralia, Pennsylvania was sealed. Through a combination of bureaucratic apathy and incompetence, the mine fire had burned continuously since 1962. It threatened the homes, health, and safety of the...

Dead Tree Centralia PA Burn Zone 3

There’s a longstanding conspiracy theory surrounding the mine fire in Centralia, Pennsylvania. And, why shouldn’t there be? It’s difficult to comprehend any logic that would explain why a government would let a town be...

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By early 1983, the situation was dire in Centralia, Pennsylvania. Deadly gasses like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide spewed from numerous fissures in the ground. A few residents, like Todd Domboski and John Coddington,...

Looking north from the Centralia Pennsylvania burn zone 0

What gives a town its value and makes it worth saving? Is it the people who live there? Maybe it’s their memories and the town’s history? Perhaps it’s the value of the property and...

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David DeKok’s book, Fire Underground: The Ongoing Tragedy Of The Centralia Mine Fire , is without a doubt the most compelling look at Centralia PA available today. Published by Globe Pequot Press and recently...

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Something really special happened in Centralia PA on Saturday, October 25, 2014. On this bright autumn day, a group of eager volunteers came together to help cleanup what remains of the town. The Centralia...

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Here’s a neat video exploring Centralia Pennsylvania. The footage is from a 2002 segment on the Discovery Channel about what remains of the town. The clip begins with some shots of the steaming burn...