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Investigators looking into cause of Spring Island fire

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OKATIE, SC (WTOC) -

Investigators are trying to narrow down what caused the early morning fire on Waterfall Lane on Spring Island.

As of Thursday afternoon smoke was still coming out of the home. WTOC was also told that at one point, the house was on the market to sell.

Firefighters fought big flames early Thursday as they responded to the fire at 2:30 a.m.

The homeowners dialed 911 after waking up to smoke and fire.

"The first companies got on scene and reported a fully involved structure and with the heavy involvement of fire, it took them approximately two hours to bring the fire under control," said Capt. Randy Hunter, Bluffton Township Fire District.

The family escaped through the bedroom door but one dog was lost after it ran back inside.

The large home had three chimneys and five fireplaces. At this time it's unknown if the smoke detectors were working.

"We're in the cold months, we want to make sure that everyone checks their smoke detectors because that's going to be our first line of defense for getting out of a home if it is on fire," said Hunter.  

The guest house and garage were not affected.

Firefighters stayed for several hours, putting out hotspots.

"As the house burns, when it collapses on itself, that fire will be deep seeded and it could be burning for a couple days," he said.  

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is looking into what happened. Hunter says it's standard practice to request their help.

The Fire Marshal said it may take days, if not weeks, before we know what caused the fire.

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