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Emergency crews were on scene at a residential structure fire in the Club Course neighborhood of Sea Pines on the South End of Hilton Head Island for several hours Friday morning.
The fire was reported on Otter Road at 7:38 a.m., according to Hilton Head Fire Rescue’s report on Pulse Point. Otter Road is located close to the Greenwood gate of Sea Pines.
Hilton Head Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene at 7:45 a.m. and the fire was under control by 8:20 a.m., according to Hilton Head Fire Rescue spokesperson Joheida Fister. Several engines and squad cars responded to the scene.
Around noon, investigators were still on scene working to determine the cause of the fire, which originated in the attic area and was not suspicious, Fister said.
Fires that originate in attics can be caused from anything from HVAC units, attic fans, and electrical wiring to lightning strikes, Fister said. She said investigators have asked for the lightning report from Friday morning.
No one was home at the time of the fire, and no injuries were reported.
The fire damage was confined to the attic, but there was water damage inside the house, Fister said.
Sea Pines Living posted on Facebook at 8:35 a.m. that officers are were on scene assisting with traffic control. The roadway was blocked for more than an hour and opened again by 11:18 a.m.