The fire was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. by painting contractors, who had noticed smoke in the garage when they arrived for work. They called 911. VanVelzen said that by discovering the fire when they did, the painters may have avoided a larger fire.
“If they had not stopped in when they did, another 10-15 minutes later (and) that would have been blazing,” VanVelzen said.
VanVelzen said the fire was under control in about 10 minutes and damage to the home is estimated to be about $1,500. That includes damage to floor joists and interior exterior walls near the fire.