Folly Beach -- Investigators suspect a lit cigarette may have ignited a fire that destroyed a house, killing two dogs inside early Monday.
Firefighters from four departments responded to the 1 a.m. fire at 210 E. Huron Ave. and were able to bring it under control quickly, according to Folly Beach Public Safety Chief Terry Boatwright.
Firefighters recovered the remains of two dogs inside the home. No injuries were reported.
Deputy Chief Brad Wade said the cause is still under investigation but appears to be accidental. He said the residents were not home at the time but that it appears a lit cigarette left in the house earlier in the evening may have caused the blaze.
Boatwright said an officer coming over the bridge onto Folly Beach noticed flames coming from the house. A resident called 911 about the same time, he said.
The elevated house is still standing but appears to be destroyed, Boatwright said.