Two Plants Destroyed in Lodi, Cal.
The Miller Fruit Company’s shed adjoining the San Joaquin County Table Grape Growers’ plant and the San Joaquin Packing Company’s dehydrator of Lodi, Cal., were nearly destroyed by fire on June 10. The fire is believed to have been of incendiary origin, this theory being strengthened by the fact that burning oil was discovered when the members of the Lodi department arrived. The fire started in the loading platform of the Miller Company’s shed about the center, and burned briskly before reaching the main part of the shed. The dehydration plant quickly caught fire and was also destroyed, in spite of the efforts of the volunteer fire department. The buildings in both plants were as dry as tinder and burned so quickly that the department, although it arrived promptly on the scene, had no chance against the flames. The San Joaquin Grape Growers’ plant, however, was saved by the firemen. The dehydration plant was valued at $60,000 and contained a quantity of shook and boxes, estimated to be worth about $14,000. This was a total loss, as was also the Miller shed, valued at about $10,000. and the contents, about $18,000 worth of shook. It is said that the dehydration company is bankrupt.