OAKLEY -- A pair of Oakley residents and their two dogs were displaced from their home Monday after a fire spread to their house from a side yard, officials said.

The two-alarm fire began at 1:12 p.m. outside a home on Teakwood Court off Gamay Circle, and quickly spread into the adjacent garage and up the eaves into the attic, East Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Brian Helmick said. One of the two residents was home and the time of the blaze, and was alerted by a passerby that his garage was on fire.

The man quickly herded his dogs out of the house, Helmick said, and no one was injured in the fire. Crews had the blaze under control by 1:36 p.m. and it was fully extinguished at 1:49 p.m.

The residents were displaced because of the extensive damage to the garage, but the house itself can be salvaged, Helmick said. The interior of the home was mainly damaged by smoke, and Helnick estimated the total cost of damage at $60,000.

Fire investigators continued to probe how the fire ignited outside Monday, and did not say whether its circumstances appeared suspicious.

Contact Rick Hurd at rhurd@bayareanewsgroup.com. Contact Erin Ivie at eivie@bayareanewsgroup.com.



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