Trailer burns at former General Mills building
At 5:28 p.m., the Lodi Fire Department received a call about a fire at the former General Mills building on Turner Road, according to Deputy Chief Gene Stoddard.
Engines arrived at the property, now owned by RRM Enterprises, to find a big rig trailer completely engulfed in flames, although Stoddard said the fire did not extend into the warehouse building.
“I was just chilling in my backyard when I heard this big boom, so I went inside to tell my roommates,” said James Courtnier, who lives one block away from the fire. “I felt the concussion from my backyard, and when I came out to check, I saw gray smoke.”
Other witnesses confirmed hearing a loud explosion, including La Rue Taufer, who lives across the street from the former General Mills building.
Taufer says she did not look outside until her mother, Gloria Cavazos, told her that she saw low flames and thick, black smoke.
Crews were able to extinguish the fire quickly, although there was extensive fire damage to the trailer and cosmetic damage to the warehouse, Stoddard said. The office structure was not damaged.
Lodi Fire Department firefighters survey damage after fighting a fire in a trailer at the former General Mills plant in Lodi on Wednesday.
Lodi Fire Department firefighters survey the damage after responding to a fire in a trailer at the former General Mills building in Lodi on Wednesday.
A firefighter douses a trailer at the former General Mills plant.
Onlookers watch as firefighters respond to a trailer fire.