Centralia, the city that inspired Silent Hill. In 1962 an accident in a coalmine caused a huge fire. The fire spread through the mine that occupied almost the entire city underground, releasing toxic gases throughout the whole city. Due to the high heat, numerous fires ocurred. The population was forced to leave the town in order to avoid respiratory diseases, since the fire was uncontrolled. In 1981, a 12-year-old boy fell in a hole 46 meters deep. He was saved by his cousin but he said that he felt he was falling into Hell. The underground fire is still burning and may continue to do so for 250 years.