A garage caught fire in southern Elma on Friday afternoon, threatening a home and leaving the owners in shock. No injuries were reported.
Firefighters from Grays Harbor County Fire districts 5, 2 and 1, as well as both Elma and McCleary fire departments, were able to extinguish the fire, reported at about 3:30 p.m. at the 4800 block of State Route 12, before it spread to any other structures.
Explosions from ammunition and propane tanks inside the garage, as well as a live power line above the fire, made the containment difficult.
“It definitely hampered our attack abilities, but we did good,” said District 5 Chief Dan Prater, adding that the residence, accessed only by a private driveway, did not have fire hydrants nearby — firefighters used water from their trucks to put out the fire.
Prater said the married couple who lived inside were safely outside of the home when his team arrived.
“The husband helped and assisted the wife away from the home, as she was in shock,” said Prater.
Authorities will conduct an investigation into the cause of the fire, which was still unknown as of Friday night.