Two fires on two blocks broke out within 20 minutes of each other on the southeast side of Lodi on Sunday evening.
Around 5 p.m., Lodi firefighters and Lodi police responded to 409 Hilborn St. where a fire had completely engulfed the back section of the second story of the residence.
The home had been abandoned for months, according to neighbors. But it was known to be a local refuge for homeless who would go into the back of the house and smoke, they said.
Roughly 100 people had gathered on the corner of Central Avenue and Hilborn Street to watch the firefighters run in and out of the home, trying to contain the blaze.
Lodi firefighters were able to create vents in the roof of the home to help diffuse the smoke prior to seeing any reduction in flames. Woodbridge Fire Department arrived on scene around 5:15 p.m. to assist in airing out the home.
No one was injured in the fire, and the cause of the blaze has yet to be determined, according to Lodi Fire Department Battalion Chief George Juelch.
However, before the departments' work was completed on Hilborn Street, a second fire call came in, this time at 305 E. Tokay St. just two blocks away.
Two groups of Lodi firefighters were dispatched to the home, which was smoking from within.
Like the home on Hilborn Street, the residence had been abandoned, and was also suspected to be used as a spot where drugs and alcohol were used, neighbors said.
Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze within the structure after breaking through a side portion of the structure.
No one was injured in either fire on Sunday.
What caused the fire on East Tokay Street is also under investigation.
While all engines were in use to help contain the fires and clean up the areas, units from the Mokelumne Rural Fire District as well as from the Stockton Fire Department were called in to help with emergency medical service calls.
In total, firefighters from four different departments were in Lodi throughout the duration of the Lodi Fire Department's work on Hilborn and East Tokay streets.
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