Trailer burns at former Gen­eral Mills build­ing

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Front Page - By John Bays NEWS-SEN­TINEL STAFF WRITER

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.

NEWS-SEN­TINEL PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY BEA AHBECK

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.

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