A fire late Tuesday night severely damaged a family's home in Hays.

At 9:33 p.m. Tuesday, Hays emergency dispatchers were alerted to a building fire in the 200 block of Circle Drive, according to a release by the Hays Fire Chief Gary Brown.

The Hays Fire Department, assisted by Ellis County Fire Department Company 5, the Hays Police Department and Ellis County EMS, immediately was dispatched.

Firefighters arrived to find a large fire burning in a two-car garage attached to a single-family dwelling. The fire already had spread into the attached split level house and to a vehicle in the driveway. The fire department officer-in-command called for additional help from Ellis County Fire Department Company 5, Ellis County Fire Department Company 6, the Ellis Fire Department and the Victoria Fire Department.

As a precaution, officers from the Hays Police Department evacuated the occupants of neighboring homes. Ellis County EMS paramedics checked the occupants of the fire building for injuries.

Four hose lines were used to bring the fire under control. The garage, the attached dwelling and the vehicle in the driveway suffered heavy fire damage. There were no firefighters or citizens injured.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Hays PD, assisted by the Hays Fire Department.

Nine fire trucks and 42 firefighters responded. Most fire crews left the scene by 12:11 a.m. Wednesday. However, one crew of Hays firefighters remain on the scene overnight to watch for rekindle.