A fire destroyed a garage in the 2400 block of Lara Court this morning, but firefighters stopped the blaze before it got into the house.
A renter who declined to give his name said he was making coffee just before 9 a.m. when he heard popping sounds from the garage. He went outside and saw smoke pouring out of the garage windows.
He rushed back in the house to get his wife and son out and to call 911.
Firefighters could see a growing column of smoke from a fire station just blocks away on Roberts Road. They arrived within three minutes, Medford Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Jason Blount said.
The garage was completely ablaze, as were a minivan and car inside. Fire crews knocked out the flames within 20 minutes, preventing it from spreading into the house. The home suffered some heat and smoke damage.
Blount credited the home's residents with getting out safely and keeping the garage doors closed, which helped slow the spread of the flames.