Authorities have ruled the fire that destroyed a house in Reading a case of arson.

The fire broke out early Tuesday morning in the 300 block of Cedar Street.

A man who lived in the house got out safely, but he had to find a new place to live.

Anyone with information about the arson is asked to call Crime Alert Berks County at 877-373-9913. A cash reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest.