Mine Fire Burns 20 Years— Project To Eliminate It

Mine Fire Burns 20 Years— Project To Eliminate It

The Federal government has given approval for a $3,500,000 redevelopment project for Carbondale, Pa., to rid that city of an underground mine fire which has ravished the area for 20 years.

The project will involve relocating 462 buildings and utilities, as well as 450 families who live in the west side area of the city. Trenches will then be dug around the 130 acre site to contain the blaze.

Following this preparatory work the coal will be strip mined, gradually working toward the center of the fire until the burning material is removed. It has been estimated the endeavor may take as long as 10 years to complete.

Final plans for the work are now being studied by the Carbondale Redevelopment Authority and the Federal Housing and Home Finance Agency’s Urban Renewal Division.

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