Flames were located in the garage by members of the fire department; they extinguished the fire prior to it spreading from the area it originated in.
Initial investigations indicate the cause of the fire was the placement of hot fireplace ashes into a plastic garbage can located in the garage. There was moderate heat and smoke damage to the garage and the house.
The owner of the residence sustained minor injuries to his hands but no other injuries were reported.
Storm Lake firefighters were assisted at the scene by the Storm Lake Police Department.