On February 9, 1980 at 10:47 p.m. firefighters were sent to two miles east of Fayetteville for a dwelling fire. An electrical malfunction was to blame for a fire that caused considerable damage to a basement in an occupied dwelling. Firefighters from four companies had the blaze under control in five minutes and remained on the scene over two hours. Two family pets perished in the blaze. Damages were estimated at $11,000. The Fayetteville, Mont Alto, New Franklin and West End Fire and Rescue companies operated at the scene.