Colorado Street fires investigated as arsons

By The Mercury

Authorities are investigating two fires on Colorado Street this week as arsons.

The Riley County Police and Manhattan Fire departments reported officials believe both a house fire at 831 Colorado Street Monday night and a garage fire at 823 Colorado Street early Wednesday morning probably were set intentionally.

Police and firefighters responded to the garage fire at about 2 a.m.

When fire department crews arrived, they found a detached garage with heavy fire showing throughout the structure, according to a report.

Crews contained the fire within minutes of their arrival. Four fire apparatuses and 14 firefighters responded.

No one was in the garage at the time of the fire. Officials estimated the loss was $10,000 to the structure, $5,000 to contents and $2,500 to a vehicle that was near the garage.

Jeremy Meyers of Manhattan is listed as the owner.

The garage is about 100 feet from the house that sustained $35,000 in structure damage from a fire reported at 11:25 p.m. Monday.

Officials indicated the house was vacant at the time of the blaze. It’s owned by Ben and Ralph Nyberg of Manhattan.

Investigators determined there’s a “high probability” that both fires were set intentionally.

Officials ask anyone with information to contact the RCPD, MFD or Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers.

Wednesday’s fire was the third serious structure fire in Manhattan in two days.

The first happened Monday at the house at 2400 Buttonwood Drive and caused $200,000 in damage.

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