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UPDATE: Fire burns warehouse of Ken's Stereo Junction

Several dozen televisions burned up in a warehouse fire this morning at Ken's Stereo Junction in the 3600 block Mercer University Drive.

Macon-Bibb County Fire Department Capt. Rex Sampson said heavy smoke was showing from the building at about 6:50 a.m. when the call came in to the 911 center.

Firefighters were able to save the building by knocking the fire out in less than 30 minutes but about half the contents of the metal warehouse was destroyed or damaged by fire.

They moved some of the merchandise and protected it from the flames, he said.

Mike Jones, whose family owns the business, said 60 to 70 large televisions were destroyed in the blaze that appears to have been sparked by a faulty heater.

A stack of televisions that nearly reached the ceiling in the one-story building had been melted down to about three feet high.

Jones praised the firefighters' effort in saving the building.

"These guys are unbelievable," Jones said. "You ought to see them in motion. The organization was amazing. Not for one minute did you feel anything was out of control."

The westbound lane of Mercer University Drive was blocked by fire hoses for about three hours as crews put out the fire and investigated the cause.

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