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An Amity Township house that burned Monday afternoon has been ruled a total loss, authorities said Tuesday.

No dollar estimate of damage was available, but Amity Police Chief Jeffrey Smith said the Cape Cod style structure on Route 562 incurred extensive smoke damage.

State police and Amity Township fire marshals determined the cause of the fire was electrical, Smith said.

The fire was reported shortly after 1 p.m. in the 7400 block of Boyertown Pike, which is Route 562.

"Nobody was home at the time," said Chief Michael Zomolsky of Amity Fire and Rescue.

The home was occupied by Jonathan and Scarlett Martin, Smith said.

Callers reported smoke was coming from the roof. The first crew to arrive confirmed it was a working structure fire.

It took about 25 minutes to get the fire under control, Zomolsky said.

Crews remained at the scene well after 2 p.m., cleaning up.

Zomolsky said the fire was inside a wall of the house.

Route 562 was closed for more than two hours between Machamer and Powder Mill Hollow roads to allow fire equipment room to operate.

Also responding were fire crews from Earl, Oley and Exeter townships and Boyertown. Western Berks EMS also responded.

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