The death of a man in a house fire on the 1500 block of West Vine Street on Sunday afternoon has been determined a homicide under investigation, according to the Lodi Police Department.
An autopsy by the San Joaquin County Coroner later that afternoon revealed that the man had been stabbed to death prior to the fire being started.
Lodi Fire Department received the call close to 1:30 p.m. as an intense blaze burned through the front window of the home. While fire crews were able to get the fire under control within 10 minutes, the interior of the home was completely destroyed.
Police are also working together with arson investigators to determine the cause and origin of the fire, while the San Joaquin County Coroner’s office is working to identify the victim and notify the next of kin, Lodi police said.
Neighbors believe the victim did not have any family members who were local and remember him as a friendly person.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call Detective Urrea at 209-333-6885. Callers may also remain anonymous by calling the Lodi Area Crimestoppers at 209-369-2746.