"Centralia" is a dark character-driven genre soap based on a real town in central Pennsylvania where an underground mine fire has been burning for over 50 years. The remaining few residents of this ghost town are determined to preserve their homes but remain unaware of the evil that is slowly making its way to the surface. A booming coal mining town with almost 3,000 residents at the end of 19th century, Centralia saw its fortunates gradually falling in the following decades as mines started to close. Then in 1962, an above-ground fire accidentally migrated underground, entering the maze of abandoned coal mines. It has been burning ever since. In 1992, the area was condemned and the majority of residents relocated, turning Centralia into a nearly ghost town. After lengthy litigation, eight determined residents won the right to stay in Centralia for the rest of their lives. One of the town's churches also remains open.