A James Island family that lived in a house damaged by fire Tuesday night was still looking for their dog after 9 p.m.

The fire at 1061 Starboard Road was reported about 6:30 p.m, James Island Fire Department Battalion Chief Shawn Engleman said. Heavy flames were showing in the rear of the single-story brick house in the Lighthouse Point subdivision when the first crew arrived, he said.

The fire appeared to have started in an add-on sunroom. There was no immediate indication how the blaze started, he said.

Several crews from James Island and the city of Charleston tackled the fire. Firefighters cut a hole in the roof while bringing the fire under control, which is standard procedure, Engelman said. The interior was heavily damaged.

Nobody was home when the fire started. The family came home after firefighters arrived. A dog that lived there had not been located Tuesday night, Engelman said.

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