House fire causes $50,000 in damage

By The Mercury

A house fire early Thursday morning in Manhattan caused an estimate $50,000 in damage.

The Manhattan Fire Department responded to a single-family residence at 721 Osage Street at 1:57 a.m. Thursday. They found “heavy fire” on the front of the structure, according to a press release from the fire department.

Three occupants, owners Lana and Tom Ellis and their son, were in the house when the fire started, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Kaus. They exited safely and no injuries were reported.

The fire was contained in less than 15 minutes, but firefighters were still working until 7 a.m., according to the press release.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The blaze appeared to have started on the front porch, and most of the damage was kept to the exterior of the building, firefighters said.

Loss is estimated at $50,000. Of that, $25,000 of the damage was to contents and $25,000 was to the structure itself.

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