Centralia residents allowed to stay
The few people remaining in the town ravaged by an underground mine fire can stay in their homes.
It's a victory for the people who sued to keep their homes in Centralia, Columbia County.
A settlement of a federal lawsuit will let the residents stay for as long as they live.
It also includes a cash pay out of roughly $350,000.
State officials have been trying to evict the residents for years.
A mine fire ignited in 1962 and spread underground, threatening homes and businesses with poisonous gases and dangerous sinkholes.
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