Steam seeps up through the ground in Centralia, Pa., on Jan. 13. The steam is caused by a fire that began in 1962 at the town dump and ignited an exposed coal vein, eventually forcing an exodus of more than 1,000 people, nearly the entire population of the mountain town. After years of delay, state officals are trying to finish their demolition work in Centralia. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Todd Domboski in Centralia, Pa., looks over a barricade at a hole he fell through hours earlier in 1981. The hole was caused by a mine fire that was burning since 1962. AP/FILE
Retired Centralia Postmaster Tom Dempsey is seen with Centralia, Pa. behind him as steam continues to rise out of the ground. Carolyn Kaster/AP
Centralia, Pa., is seen here on Jan. 13, 2010. Carolyn Kaster/AP
A sign on the entrance of the Centralia Municipal Building in Centralia, Pa., reads 'Keep Centralia on the map.' Carolyn Kaster/AP
A wooden painted heart with the words 'To Centralia with love, from Kingston, N.Y.,' is seen in an open lot in Centralia, Pa., on Jan. 13. Carolyn Kaster/AP
In 1981, the US Bureau of Mines' John Stockalis (r.) and Dan Lewis drop a thermometer through a hole on Main Street in Centralia, Pa., to measure the heat from a shaft mine blaze that burns under the town. Paul Vathis/AP/FILE
Smoke rises from the ground in Centralia, Pa., where a mine fire continues to rage in 1983. Rusty Kennedy/AP/FILE
Retired Centralia Postmaster Tom Dempsey is seen in his Girardville, Pa. home on Jan. 13. Dempsey lived and worked in Centralia for over 29 years. Carolyn Kaster/AP
The US and European nations plan to meet Sunday to discuss cease-fire efforts. On Saturday, Israel added another Iron Dome missile interceptor battery. The Palestinian death toll rose to 135 and more than 920 wounded.
ByNajib Jobain and Aron Heller, Associated Press
(AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
Israel widened its air assault against the Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers on Saturday, hitting a mosque, Hamas-affiliated charities and an Islamic home for the disabled, as Palestinians said the death toll from the five-day offensive rose to 135.