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Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 7:11 am, Fri Dec 30, 2011.

The Arco Gas Station on Victor Road will be closed for the foreseeable future as smoke and flames inside the station’s mini-mart turned the manager’s office into charred remains and left the rest of the store riddled with smoke damage.

At approximately 4 p.m., Lodi firefighters and paramedics responded to a call at 880 E. Victor Road, where dark smoke billowed from the roof of the Arco Gas Station.

Firefighters were able to contain the smoke and flames, which were mainly located within the station manager’s office on the east side of the building.

Though no one was injured, all gas pumps were immediately shut off to prevent any possible danger to the firefighters and to passers-by who had stopped to film and photograph the incident.

According to Lodi Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Larson, the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Nothing inside of the mini-mart at the gas station caught fire, though there was significant smoke damage near the manager’s office, which sustained the most damage.

Inches of water soaked the floor from firefighters working to put out the flames. Firefighters pulled a charred desk chair and remnants of the office wall from the building.

The back of the office was black and charred, and part of an air conditioning system hung limply next to the wall.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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