South Pocatello fire

Firefighters at the scene of Wednesday afternoon’s detached garage fire along Bannock Highway in south Pocatello.

POCATELLO — Firefighters praised a group of people having lunch at a south Pocatello eatery for potentially saving other structures from being damaged by quickly dialing 911 after spotting a nearby garage fire.

The people were having lunch at The Sand Trap bar and grill in the 2700 block of Bannock Highway at about 1:50 p.m. Wednesday when they saw smoke and flames coming from an adjacent detached garage, according to the Pocatello Fire Department. The group of Sand Trap patrons dialed 911 and alerted the family living at the home on the same property as the garage that the structure was burning.

Although the detached garage was totally destroyed by the flames, the timely 911 call and quick response by firefighters prevented the fire from spreading to the family’s home on Bannock Highway or any other nearby residences or The Sand Trap.

The fire did not result in any injuries, perhaps another benefit of the quick 911 call.

The garage contained tools, some of which might be salvageable, firefighters said.

The Fire Department said it had the fire mostly extinguished in about 15 minutes but firefighters remained on the scene for about three hours investigating the cause of the blaze.

As of Thursday, the Fire Department said the blaze’s cause was still unknown but the investigation is continuing.

Authorities estimated the fire caused up to $10,000 in damage including the destroyed garage and much of its contents. The Fire Department said it’s still trying to determine if the structure and its contents were insured.

The name of the family who lost their garage as well as the names of the alert patrons at The Sand Trap were not available from the Fire Department.