3 people rescued from burning house

By The Mercury

Two people were rescued from a second-floor window and another from the roof of a house at 615 Leavenworth Wednesday night after a fire broke out on the first floor.

The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to a report of the fire with occupants trapped at about 8:38 p.m., according to a press release.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire showing from the first floor of the house. The fire reached a second alarm before it was contained within 20 minutes.

The last fire department units left the area at about 12:45 a.m.

Before fire personnel arrived, another occupant rescued the two individuals from the second floor window. Riley County police officers helped the third off the roof.

Riley County EMS transported one occupant to a hospital with minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The occupants’ names were not released.

The two-story house contained four apartment units. All of the occupants are displaced. The American Red Cross has provided assistance.

The loss is estimated to be $80,000 to the structure and $15,000 to contents.

Victor Olson, of Olsburg, is listed as the house’s owner.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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