What happens when you have a town set on fire for 50 years? A loss of people who want to live there, and plummeting property values. That's a horror in itself, but one that also gave life to the Silent Hill series. Centralia, Pennsylvania, which is a town that time would rather forget, and most have who would rather put 100 miles between them and the devastating fire that broke out back in 1962 when a mine fire took the town by storm.
The fire has been non stop ever since, and adding insult to injury with the fact that poisonous gases are spewing into the atmosphere even as you read this. While it isn't exactly the real Silent Hill town, it was used as inspiration for part of the film.
Once the fire had broke out in Centralia, people were forced to relocate to other safer areas. Some willingly, some not. Today there are about seven left who actually fought some legality issues in order to remain in the Silent Hill based town, despite warnings and possible dangers from the toxic air they breathe.
Having used the town as a basis for Silent Hill games and movies, fans often flock there to get a taste of what a horror based hell hole would be like to live in. How long will the fires last? According to a report from the Travel Channel recently, there is enough coal burning in Centralia to keep the blaze alive for at least 1000 years. Doesn't look like it's going to fizzle out anytime soon.
The photos you see below are just a few examples of what has taken place below the grounds there. An out of control fury that attracts fans, and repulses anyone with the thought of building a summer home there. Check out a video below and tell me what you think in the comment section. I have to warn you though, some of the footage in the video can be disturbing to some.