A Sunday night garage fire in the Indian Valley area of Novato caused an estimated $272,000 in damage to the home and $163,000 to its contents, which included two cars in the garage, the Novato Fire District said Monday.

The cause was not pinpointed and the investigation is continuing.

A family of three was displaced by the fire at 471 Indian Springs Road. The 40 firefighters who responded to the blaze were able to minimize damage to the living quarters of the single-story ranch-style home. The garage and its contents were destroyed and the attic and kitchen were damaged.

It took 23 minutes to control the fire, which drew the Novato, San Rafael and Marinwood fire departments plus personnel from Marin County Fire and the county's search and rescue team.

Contact Brent Ainsworth via e-mail at bainsworth@marinij.com