El Centro firefighters kept a blaze to a laundry room Sunday, preventing the fire from spreading into a house in the 2000 block of Lenrey Avenue.
The fire erupted shortly after 9:30 p.m. in a pile of clothes in the laundry room. The cause of the fire remained under investigation this morning.
Eight firefighters responded and extinguished the fire in about five minutes.
While flames did not reach the house, smoke got into the air-conditioning system, causing smoke to move throughout the house.
The residents were home at the time of the fire but no one was injured.
Fire officials said the blaze likely caused about $5,500 in damage.