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Amherst home declared total loss after fire

An Amherst home and its contents valued at $380,000 were destroyed Sunday afternoon by a two-alarm fire that took an hour to bring under control, authorities said.

A neighbor reported smoke coming from eaves in the rear of the home at 224 Londonderry Lane about noon, according to a news release. Getzille Assistant Fire Chief Chris Kaplewicz arrived within four minutes and encountered heavy smoke and fire, officials said.

The house was searched and no one was found inside, officials said. Firefighters were ordered out of the house at 12:13 p.m. and brought the fire under control at 12:59 p.m.

Damage was estimated at $280,000 to the structure and $100,000 to its contents. The homes at 218 and 230 Londonderry each sustained $2,500 in exposure damage, officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The East Amherst, Snyder, Williamsville and Swormville fire companies assisted at the scene. One firefighter suffered a minor cut on the hand.