A house on Folly Beach caught on fire Monday after apparently being hit by lightning.

Firefighters from Folly Beach, James Island and the City of Charleston were called to 210 W. Hudson at 6:51 p.m., Public Safety Director Dennis Brown said.

It appears the house was hit by lightning, although more investigation will have to be done to confirm that, he said.

The fire was put out in about 20 minutes. One section of the house was extensively damaged, and the rest of the house suffered smoke damage. The family and their dog got out safely, Brown said.

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