GARDEN CITY -- A two-alarm house fire Friday night caused major damage to a family home.

The fire happened on the 5700 block of North Millstream way in Garden City. Police say a passerby noticed smoke coming from the home and called 9-1-1.

When firefighters arrived they found heavy smoke and and flames extending into the attic so they called for additional help. Luckily, firefighters were able to knock down the flames in about 15 minutes but nearly half of the house sustained damage.

The family was not home at the time of the fire. The exact cause remains under investigation.

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