An accidental fire can occur in your garage from many household items and can easily smoke up a garage in minutes if it is not properly and quickly extinguish . While proper insurance can help mitigate financial loss, it is better to understand and work to prevent the situations that lead to garage fires. Most homes are stocked full with combustible items. This list is meant to help homeowners not only identify potential issues but also lower the risk of a fire. This particular instance the home owner wasn't sure what started it. The smoke was all throughout the garage and much of his tools and equipment needed cleaning. Whether it’s a candle accidentally burning throughout the night, faulty equipment, combustibles or any other scenario, homeowners should be aware of the most common causes of house /garage fires and work to minimize and prevent accidents before they occur. It would be a good idea to not leave a lot of items laying around on the floor and good housekeeping practices would be a great idea too. It would also be a good idea to always have a fire extinguisher ready just in case one is needed.