It started as a garage fire Monday afternoon and then soon spread from there.
At around 1:30, a worker in the neighborhood called 911 to report a home in the 4200 block of Southeast 12th Street in Des Moines had caught fire.
Fire crews arrived to find the garage fully engulfed with flames.
A vehicle and a fence caught fire before the flames spread to the home.
Fortunately only the exterior of the home was damaged.
Authorities say no one was home when the fire started and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The estimated damage totaled $50,000.