FILE -- This Jan. 13, 2010 file photo shows steam rising from the ground around retired Centralia Postmaster Tom Dempsey as he stands in an area that was in Centralia, Pa. The steam is caused by a ... more 
FILE -- This Jan. 13, 2010 file photo shows steam rising from the ground around retired Centralia Postmaster Tom Dempsey as he stands in an area that was in Centralia, Pa. The steam is caused by a fire that was still burning underground after it started in 1962 at the town dump and ignited an exposed coal vein. The underground fire eventually forced an exodus of more than 1,000 people, nearly the entire population. The attorney for the few remaining residents of the central Pennsylvania coal town that was decimated by a 50-year-old mine fire said on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, that they have settled their lawsuit against state officials who have been trying for years to evict them. The settlement allows eight Centralia residents to stay in their homes for as long as they live and it also includes a cash payout. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, FILE) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Carolyn Kaster, FILE
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