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Fire Investigation at Fat Boys Pizza in City of Lodi, Columbia County Results in Arrest of Owner, Thomas Matje
MADISON -- On December 27, 2011, at 12:42 p.m., the Lodi Fire Department responded to a call of a working fire at 133 South Main Street in the City of Lodi. Upon arrival, Fire Department Officials discovered flames in the kitchen area of the Fat Boys Pizza bakery.
The building, which included two occupied apartments, was evacuated and the fire was extinguished quickly. One person was treated by EMS for smoke inhalation. Damage is estimated at approximately $200,000.
The Lodi Police Department, the DOJ-Division of Criminal Investigation, and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives began an investigation of the fire. The investigation produced evidence showing that the fire had been set intentionally. The owner of Fat Boys Pizza, 46-year-old Thomas L. Matje of Deforest, was taken into custody on charges of Arson, Attempted Arson and four counts of Recklessly Endangering Safety. Mr. Matje was arrested this afternoon and taken to the Columbia County Jail.
Other agencies providing assistance at the scene included Lodi Area EMS, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, Lodi Department of Public Works, Lodi Utilities, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Any questions concerning the investigation should be directed to Chief William Laughlin of the Lodi Police Department at (608) 592-5401.
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