Manhattan fire forces residents out of apartment complex

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – A Sunday afternoon fire caused more than 100,000 dollars in damage to a Manhattan apartment complex.

Crews were called to 711 Allison Ave., for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a three-story apartment building with heavy fire on the balconies of the second and third floors.

Riley County Police Department officers had notified the occupants of the building, who were all out of the building prior to our arrival.  Crews searched the building and extinguished the fire within 25 minutes.  Firefighters removed two dogs and four cats from the building unharmed.

 Five of the buildings’ units were occupied, and seven were vacant.  Two of the occupied units received significant fire damage.  All occupants of the building were displaced for the night. Loss is estimated at $35,000 to contents and $100,000 to the structure.

The fire is under investigation at this time, but preliminary reports suggest the fire was accidental.
The same building suffered a fire in the early morning hours of July 30, 2019, on the third floor.  That fire, which caused an estimated $32,000 in damage, was determined to be accidental caused by improper disposal of smoking materials.

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