Although the Lodi Fire Department received reports of a car fire in front of the Rancho San Miguel grocery store on South Cherokee Lane at approximately 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. Mike Gold said the call was updated to a shopping cart fire while firefighters were on their way.

“There were numerous shopping carts on fire in front of the business,” Gold said. “The fire caught onto a nearby tree and was threatening the structure.”

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire in approximately five minutes, Gold said, but approximately 30 shopping carts were destroyed, an awning covering the carts was damaged and the building itself suffered minor smoke damage.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but Gold said no injuries were reported.

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