Historians aren’t exactly sure what caused the mine fire. But as they say, no good deed goes unpunished. Researchers think that the fires were sparked thanks to efforts to clean up the borough’s local landfill. In 1962, the Centralia Borough Council hired a group of volunteer fireman to tidy up the dump in an abandoned strip-mine pit located next to a cemetery. We can tell this story is not going to have a happy ending already.