CONCORD -- A one-alarm blaze that burned the garage of a single-family home was one of four fires burning simultaneously in Contra Costa County Monday afternoon, and one of the quickest to be contained, fire officials said.

Fire crews responded to the single-story home at 2201 Smith Lane at 4:07 p.m. and found the detached garage had gone up in flames, along with neighboring fences, said Ben Smith, battalion chief with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District. Though crews were short on resources as grass fires burned in nearby Concord, Brentwood and Oakley, a handful of firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished the blaze by 4:34 p.m.

Homeowner Ken Colombo said he believes the fire started in the field behind his house, and that he tried to spray the fence with a hose before it spread to his garage. Smith said that while that was a possibility, the cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation.

While Colombo's family got out of the home safely, his cat was unaccounted for as of 4:45 p.m., he said. Damage estimates were not immediately available.

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