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.
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The fire caused minor damage to the home, but not enough to displace the residents, he said.