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Lodi firefighters tackle third blaze in less than a month

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Posted: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 11:55 pm | Updated: 6:49 am, Wed Apr 11, 2012.

A late-night fire destroyed a section of a home on East Lockeford Street late Tuesday, marking the third major fire Lodi seen in less than a month.

At approximately 9:30 p.m., Lodi firefighters and police responded to the 600 block of East Lockeford Street, where a single-story home had caught on fire.

The home was in the process of being remodeled, according to Lodi Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Larson.

Larson said the fire started in the back of the home and worked its way up into the attic before fire crews arrived.

The home sustained smoke and fire damage. Although the house was in close proximity to other structures, including Shady Acres Mobile Home Park, no other buildings or homes were endangered.

Larson added that the cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

A few spectators gathered near the corner of East Lockeford Street and Cherokee Lane as well as near the mobile home park to watch firefighters work, though none were allowed to go very close.

Lodi police were asked to section off the road to traffic, and those who traveled in and out of the mobile home park were required to either pull over their vehicle and wait until fire crews were done working or were asked to wait inside the park.

This is the third fire Lodi has seen in the past month, and fortunately all have been without anyone sustaining any injuries.

On March 25, Lodi firefighters battled two separate blazes that occurred within 20 minutes of each other, just two blocks apart.

The first fire occurred at a two-story house on the 400 block of Hilborn Street — that structure was abandoned. That fire burned a large portion of the second story as well as the back of the home.

According to the Lodi Fire Department, the fire at the Hilborn Street home was believed to have been intentionally started.

The second fire, which occurred on the 300 block of East Tokay Street, was not as damaging.

Smoke did cause some interior damage, but nothing was severely burned. The cause of that fire is currently under investigation.

That structure, too, was abandoned.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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