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Author DeKok, David.
Title Fire underground : the ongoing tragedy of the Centralia mine fire / David DeKok.
Published Guilford, Conn. : GPP, c2010.
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 Floor4  TN315 .D448 2010    IN LIBRARY
Description x, 284 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- List of acronyms -- A bad day -- Badlands -- Council's fire -- Natural forces -- Missed opportunities -- Scranton's grand plan -- Too long a wait -- Sideshow -- In the fire's grasp -- The conspiracy theory -- Lonely battle -- Awakening -- Infighting -- Increasing danger -- Scattered leaves -- The big picture -- Fateful tumble -- Watt and Thornburgh -- Thornburgh in Centralia -- Organizing the resistance -- Fire in the night -- On the road -- The year of the scream -- Unity day -- Victory -- Relocation -- The end of nearly everything -- Epilogue.
Summary "Centralia, Pennsylvania, lived and died by anthracite coal. The town's population peaked at 2,761 in 1890, but by 1981 had dwindled to just over 1,000--not unusual for a Pennsylvania mining town. But today Centralia has no more than a dozen inhabitants, and they are expected to be gone before long. The reason: an underground fire that has burned since 1962 in the labyrinth of abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia, making parts of the town uninhabitable. By 1981 the fire was sending deadly gases into homes, making children sick, and one day a twelve-year-old boy dropped into a steaming hole and almost died as a U.S. congressman tourned nearby. David DeKok describes how the fire began and how the majority of Centralia residents fought for and finally obtained relocation from the town, even as some of their neighbors claimed there was no threat." -- cover.
Subject Mine fires -- Pennsylvania -- Centralia.
Mine gases -- Pennsylvania -- Centralia.
Coal mine accidents -- Pennsylvania -- Centralia.
Centralia (Pa.) -- History.
ISBN 0762754273
9780762754274 0000000009/10 GEN
OCLC number 317451056