Lacey Fire District 3 responded to a patio fire about 3:30 p.m. Monday in the 8900 block of Quinault Loop Northeast.
The occupants of the home were getting ready for a future garage sale, so had stored some clothes and toys on the patio.
The cause of the fire is not known, although there was a barbecue nearby, Battalion Chief Tim Hulse said Tuesday. The residents used the barbecue on Sunday, but had not used it Monday, he said.
A neighbor saw smoke and fire, then knocked down a fence to get at it with a fire extinguisher. The blaze was temporarily extinguished, but later flared up again, Hulse said.
The fire caused minor damage to the home, but not enough to displace the residents, he said.