Approximately 5:10 PM on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, the Lodi Fire Department was dispatched to 199 Garibaldi Avenue for reports of a building “well involved” with fire. Chief Telep arrived on scene and established command. Second Assistant Chief Louis Avola ran operations in the front of the building while Third Assistant Chief Matt Lombardi ran operations in the rear of the building.
The Lodi Fire Department was the first alarm assignment and was met with a large volume of fire from the building. A second alarm was immediately transmitted, and later changed to a third alarm. In total, 16 towns assisted with the fire and a 3 engine relay was established for a water supply.
The fire started in the rear of the building and spread to the rest of the building after jumping over a fire wall. The fire was brought under control around midnight with companies attacking hot spots well into the morning due to roof collapses. The building has been vacant for over 5 years prior to the fire.
There were no serious injuries reported and the fire is still under investigation.