Massive Fire Knocks Out Power in Downtown Macon: What We Know


🔥 The Gist: A massive fire at a vacant warehouse in downtown Macon on Thursday led to a widespread power outage affecting hundreds of residents and businesses.

🚧 The Details: The Macon-Bibb Fire Department responded to a fire at a vacant warehouse located at 5th Street and Pine Street, first spotted around 7:30 a.m. The fire was fully involved, with the structure beginning to collapse and the flames breaking through the roof. Electrical fire was ruled out as a cause since the building did not have power.

💡 By The Numbers:

  • Approximately 405 customers affected by the power outage.
  • The fire was first noticed at around 7:30 a.m.

📜 In Context: The fire’s impact extended beyond the immediate vicinity, disrupting traffic and everyday life in parts of downtown Macon. The power outage, caused by the fire, led to the disabling of many stoplights along Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd, requiring drivers to treat affected intersections as four-way stops. Georgia Power disconnected power in certain circuits to assist firefighting efforts and worked on rerouting power to restore it in the area.

🔮 What’s Next?: Further updates are expected regarding the restoration of power and the investigation into the cause of the fire.

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