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An Elizabethtown homeowner lost his detached garage and a car in a fire Saturday afternoon.

Elizabethtown volunteer firefighters were called to 17580 County Road 400S at 1:22 p.m., according to Elizabethtown Fire Chief Tom Nienaber. They notified homeowner Tom Emory that his detached two-car garage was on fire, and flames were already showing through the garage door.

The garage was about 6 to 10 feet from Emory’s house, Nienaber said, adding that firefighters were lucky that the wind was blowing away from the home. Emory’s home was not damaged during the fire, according to firefighters.

It took about 15 to 20 minutes to get the fire under control, Nienaber said. About 25 firefighters from Elizabethtown, Clay Township, Columbus Township, Wayne Township and Hartsville Fire responded, along with water tankers. Some firefighters diverted to a serious tractor accident that happened almost simultaneously nearby, but Nienaber said both incidents had plenty of manpower.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, he said. The loss is estimated at $100,000, for the wood and brick garage and the 2012 Toyota that was inside, along with some woodworking equipment. Emory did have insurance, Nienaber said.

There were no injuries and firefighters were at the scene about two hours.

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