House fire spreads to next-door building

By The Mercury

Manhattan firefighters quickly gained control of a fire on South Juliette Avenue early Monday night, but not before it did almost $200,000 in damage to two residences and contents of both houses.

The Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 702 S. Juliette Ave. at about 6:20 p.m. for the two-alarm fire.

When crews arrived, they reportedly found heavy smoke and fire coming from the one-story structure. Crews entered the building and extinguished the flames, while other firefighters attempted to prevent a neighboring structure from catching fire.

The fire was contained in 30 minutes, according to a news release.

Both units inside the multi-family building were occupied when the fire started. The occupants were able to escape before firefighters arrived.

One resident suffered minor burns while trying to put out the flames.

The loss to the building is estimated at $110,000 to the structure and $50,000 for contents. The owner is listed as Kelly Johnson.

The apartment building next door, 700 S. Juliette Ave., sustained moderate water and smoke damage. The estimated loss to the structure was $25,000, with an additional $10,000 for contents.

Jarod Hyde is listed as the owner of the building.

Deputy Fire Chief Ryan Almes Tuesday morning said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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