Area fire departments were called out to a garage fire north of Lake Minatare early Sunday.
Firefighters with the Minatare-Melbeta Fire Department were called out at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday with a report of a garage fully engulfed in flames on Clemans Road. Firefighters with Scottsbluff Rural Fire responded also, providing mutual aid.
Twelve firefighters battled the fire, six from Minatare-Melbeta and six from Scottsbluff Rural Fire. They fought the fire with two engines and three tankers, Minatare-Melbeta Fire Chief Brian Lore told the Star-Herald.
Lore said the firefighters knocked down the fire in about 15 minutes of their arrival. It was completely extinguished about 6:30 a.m.
He said the cause of the fire has been attributed to an electrical outlet that had shorted out.
The fire caused $15,000 in damage to contents of the garage, and the building will cost around $20,000 to $25,000 to replace, Lore said.