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Underground Electrical Fire Closes Part Of Downtown Fayetteville

Posted October 18, 2005 8:01 a.m. EDT

— Part of historic downtown Fayetteville was closed Tuesday during rush hour after an underground electrical fire broke out.

Fire officials said a demolition crew was knocking down a vacant building as part of the Hay Street revitalization project when the crew hit a charged power line at about 5 p.m.

An electrical fire broke out under the 300 block of Hay Street, and officials shut down a historical strip from the Market House to Ray Avenue as smoke billowed from the vacant building and nearby manholes. The strip was re-opened at about 7:30 p.m.

Officials said the demolition crew thought the power was off when it hit the charged line.

No one was hurt, fire officials said.