Flames break out just after 1 p.m. on Harding Avenue

A Taft Heights garage was destroyed by fire early Thursday afternoon, but it could have been much worse.

Two homes were being threatened by the flames had engulfed the detached garage in the 500 block of Harding Avenue and the fire was spreading through vines covering the fence of a nearby home on Washington as firefighters arrived.
They managed to knock the fire down before it could spread to the nearby homes.

The garage was a total loss, according to firefighters, and it was valued at $15,000.

The home closest to the fire was valued at $235,000.

The cause is under investigation.