A postman reported seeing smoke coming from a two-story brick home at 4184 Knollcrest Circle in the Springlakes subdivision at about 12:15 p.m.
The homeowners were not home at the time of the fire.
The blaze began in the garage, but fire officials are still investigating the cause, said Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Jimmie Paschal.
Fire damaged the garage. The rest of the home sustained smoke damaged, Capt. Paschal said.
Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or