A thick plume of dark smoke rose in the sky near downtown Macon as the sun came up Sunday.
Macon-Bibb County firefighters were called to an old roofing warehouse at 4094 Broadway just before 7:30 a.m.
Flames were already shooting from the building when fire crews arrived and called for additional units. Aerial ladders attacked the blaze from two sides as crews kept a perimeter around the one-story brick building.
Fire chief Marvin Riggins said they contained the blaze and kept it from a nearby building, but it was too dangerous for firefighters to go inside. Once the fire was put out they focused on extinguishing any materials that were inside, he said.
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The Bibb County Sheriff's Office had Broadway blocked between Flamingo Drive and Fulton Street, Deputy Clay Williams said. It remained blocked until about 6 p.m.
Just after 7:30 a.m. a transformer blew, which set off burglar alarms down Broadway, Williams said.