A fire gutted a detached garage and damaged a home on the 700 block of Palm Circle, displacing a family of four, just after noon Wednesday.

South San Joaquin County Fire Authority was called about a garage on fire around 12:15 p.m. Firefighters arrived and found smoke and flames pouring from one of four garages behind a fourplex near Alden Park.

Division Chief David Bramell said everyone was evacuated from the four connected homes and firefighters tackled the flames in the garage, which is detached from the homes but shares walls with the other garages. Police closed the street and the alleyway in front of the garages.

The crews of four engines and the ladder truck fought the flames from both sides.

Battalion Chief Larry Vickers said the fire started near the center of the garage and spread throughout the building. He said the cause was undetermined and would be investigated.

A wooden patio cover behind the garage also caught fire, igniting the back wall of the home. Heat and smoke extended into the second floor.

The smoke damaged much of the interior, leaving a family of two adults and two kids unable to stay in their home. The American Red Cross was called to find them shelter for the night.

Firefighters sliced open the two neighboring garages to see whether the fire had spread and found some smoke damage but no sign of fire.

Bramell said no residents or firefighters were injured.

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