YAKIMA, Wash. — A garage fire Wednesday afternoon started in a 1978 Volkswagen bus, a spokesman for the Yakima Fire Department said.

The bus was garaged in a duplex in the 600 block of South 60th Avenue and apparently caught fire when the owner tried to start it, Battalion Chief Abel Castilleja said.

The blaze spread to the garage, but firefighters were able to knock it down before it caused serious structural damage to the duplex, Castilleja said.

Even so, damage from smoke and soot forced the tenants from the home, Castilleja said, adding they had family to stay with.