Apartment, house saved but garage is gutted

Kern County firefighters were able to contain a fire to a small garage  near downtown Taft before it got much, much bigger.?The fire broke out about 2:30 p.m. in the garage in the south alley of the 600 block of Sixth Street.
Arriving firefighters found the garage engulfed in flames and the fire was threatening a small single-family to the east and a two-story four-unit apartment to the west.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the garage, although the house to the east sustained minor damage, including melted phone and cable lines and satellite dish and damage to one window and some books.
Damage is estimated at $10,000 but the  two structures endangered had a combined value of $400,000, according to KCFD estimates.
Twelve firefighters manning three engines and a ladder truck had the fire under control quickly.
Arriving firefighters initially called for a second alarm because the two-story building was enveloped in heavy smoke but the additional equipment was cancelled when they got the fire knocked down.
The cause is under investigation.
Firefighters also responded to a small fire in the 100 block of North Street that broke out minutes after the Sixth Street fire.