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Owner of Shop Where Fire Began Didn't Have License: L&I



    James Emerson

    In the aftermath of a fire that heavily damaged a warehouse used to store items for a successful Mummers group, new details are being revealed about the man who owns the building where the blaze began.

    The 4-alarm fire began around 2:30 p.m. at a warehouse for an auto repair shop at 3101 South 2nd Street. It quickly spread to a warehouse that houses props and equipment used by the Fralinger String Band, a decorated Mummers group, destroying many of the items.

    NBC10 confirmed the owner of the repair shop where the fire started is Joe Sigismondi, a contractor. L&I inspected Sigismondi's building in August, September and November of 2011. L&I also tells NBC10 Sigismondi was given a $4,000 fine back in August since he did not have a license to repair vehicles at the shop.

    Investigators say there was unauthorized work being done on the vehicles inside the warehouse. While they’re not saying that was what started the fire, they say it may have contributed to the spread of it. No one answered the door at Sigismondi's home Monday night. Officials continue to investigate.