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Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:24 am, Fri Feb 24, 2012.

A fire that set part of a building on fire on Thursday afternoon was caused by a cigarette that was not properly extinguished.

At approximately 1:40 p.m., Lodi firefighters responded to a call at Daniger Furniture at 4 W. Lodi Ave., where the business owner, Curt Daniger, said he had been notified of smoke billowing from the back of the building adjacent to the store.

That building is also owned by Daniger. The front is used as a part-time showroom and the back is living quarters, according to Battalion Chief Jeff Larson of the Lodi Fire Department.

Larson said a cigarette that had not been put out properly caused the fire.

Only part of the back of the home was burned from the fire, though the interior of the home sustained smoke damage, Larson said.

Animals, including birds and dogs, were evacuated from the home for safety purposes.

According to Larson, Daniger was lucky the fire did not spread further. High winds on Thursday could have easily allowed the fire to jump from one building to the next, according to Larson.

The furniture store remains open to customers.

Contact reporter Katie Nelson at katien@lodinews.com.

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  • Richard Turner posted at 12:56 pm on Sat, Feb 25, 2012.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    Didn't this store burn once before?

  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:26 pm on Fri, Feb 24, 2012.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 382

    "Improperly discarded cigarette" or a maybe something more criminal? I think there is more to this story.



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