Fire destroyed a Lodi commercial building Thursday night.
The general-alarm blaze broke out shortly before 9 p.m. in the kitchen of a small building next to the one that housed the JDM School Uniform company and CCS Car Care Specialties on Main Street, Fire Chief Steven Cassiello said.
Flames quickly spread and soon blew through the roof of the uniform store.
A dog who apparently belonged to the woman who owned the defunct business next door reportedly died in the fire. A neighbor said the store had closed about two weeks ago and the owner may have been living there.
No major injuries were immediately reported. A Maywood firefighter was treated for a minor injury from a hose, responders said.
Investigators were trying to determine what caused the fire.
"Early witness reports suggested electrical, but due to the extensive damage that cause cannot be confirmed or denied at this time," Cassiello said.
An arson investigator was requested.
Firefighters from Carlstadt, Elmwood Park, Garfield, Hackensack, Hasbrouck Heights, Little Ferry, Maywood, Rochelle Park, Saddle Brook, Wallington and Wood-Ridge were among the mutual aid responders assisting their Lodi colleagues either at the scene or as coverage.
The Bergen County Office of Emergency Management also responded.
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