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Posted: Monday, May 7, 2012 6:30 pm | Updated: 10:27 am, Tue May 8, 2012.

A fire late Monday afternoon seriously damaged the front of a home in Lodi.

At approximately 4:45 p.m., Lodi firefighters responded to the 1200 block of Wimbledon Drive, where the front part of a home was completely engulfed in flames.

Neighbors and bystanders said the fire was shooting out of the front windows of the home, and that the side of the home was also on fire.

When the first truck arrived on scene, two civilians had to help one of the firefighters hook up the hose to the fire hydrant.

The homeowner was not present at the time of the fire, though they did return shortly after the blaze was extinguished.

Several people gathered to watch the firemen battle the blaze, and neighbor Mary Kiefer said her husband had initially come in and notified her and her son of the fire.

No one was scared by the flames, she said, but it did draw people’s attention.

“As more trucks and as the police arrived on scene, people started to come out to see what was going on,” she said of the crowd that was looking on.

It is unknown at this time what exactly caused the blaze.

Fire crews were still out hours after the blaze was extinguished to determine how much damage resulted from the incident and to try and find out what exactly started the fire.

This is the second serious structure fire that the Lodi Fire Department has tackled in recent months.

The last structure fire on Hilborn Street in March nearly destroyed the second story of an abandoned home.

No one was injured in that fire.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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