CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department says they spent around five hours on the scene of a fire that destroyed a garage on Tuesday.

The department received a call around 11 a.m. of a residential structure fire. Fire chief Edward Albury says the fire was”well-involved” once the crews arrived, meaning crews couldn’t enter the garage due to the size of the fire.

The homeowner received minor injuries to his hands after trying to put out the fire himself.

Albury says crews were able to knock down the flames quickly, but due to the makeup of the structure, putting out residual fires, also known as a mop up, took some time.

Three tenders and two trucks responded, with 13 firefighters in total. One of the tenders came from the Fort St. John Fire Department to assist the Charlie Lake crew.

“A very big thank you to them for assisting us,” said Albury.

Albury says the cause of the fire is unknown at this time and is still under investigation.