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Response to CompanyFirstSergeant (Original post)

Fri May 6, 2016, 08:08 PM

20. Visits to the area are spooky

Since the streets aren't being maintained, you'll see small trees sprouting through them in some of the cooler areas. You can tell where some of the houses were because of the vent pipes still in the yard, placed to vent poisonous coal smoke somewhere beside inside the house. The vents didn't work all that well, so the entire town was condemned.

I remember reading about this when I was a kid, that's how long the town has had defunct coal mines underneath it burning. The start of the fire is apocryphal, but most people blame it on a fire at the town dump, although they're hazy on how the fire jumped from there to a coal seam. What is known is that the coal is very high grade and burning anaerobically, meaning sealing up all the mine entrances wouldn't have put the fire out.

In the end, money won out and it was deemed a lot cheaper to move everyone out than develop heroics to put the fire out.

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