On May 14, 1977 at 2:08 p.m. firemen were dispatched to S. Earl Street extended to the PRR freight station for a building fire. When firemen arrived the second floor of the 40 by 120 foot abandoned brick and frame structure was well involved. About 80 firefighters from four companies brought the blaze under control in 30 minutes but not before the building was destroyed and a roof's on three buildings across the street were damaged by heat. The origin of the blaze was undetermined but it was considered suspicious. Borough chief Ed Goodhart reported no injuries to firefighters and said that damages were estimated at $50,000 to $75,000. Firemen from the Vigilant Hose, Cumberland Valley Hose, West End Fire and Rescue and the Fayetteville fire companies manning nine pieces of apparatus battled the blaze.