Manhattan house fire causes nearly $200,000 in damage

By The Mercury

A fire caused nearly $200,000 in damage to a house in Manhattan on Monday afternoon.

The Manhattan Fire Department was alerted at 12:17 p.m. to a fire at 2400 Buttonwood Drive.

Officials found the single-story residential structure with heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear area of the structure. Six fire apparatus and 17 firefighters initially responded to the fire.

The owner of the house is listed as Richard Laferriere. According to reports, he was not at home at the time of the fire.

Within 30 minutes, fire officials said they had the fire under control, but they were still working to ensure the blaze was completely extinguished. Officials estimated the home sustained $130,000 in structure damage, while contents sustained $65,000 in damage.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The fire started in the attic in the rear of the house, battalion chief Jim Blanck said.

The fire department reported that the Salina Fire Department brought in its arson dog, Ashes, to help investigate the fire.

Assistant chief Mike Kaus said the assistance doesn’t necessarily mean officials have reason to believe the fire was started intentionally.“Sometimes, when it’s a lengthier investigation, they just bring more resources in to rule other things out,” he said. Officials contacted the American Red Cross to assist the residents because of the amount of damage to the structure.

Because of the hot weather Monday, additional crews were called to the scene to allow crews to rotate through a rehabilitation area set up by Riley County Emergency Medical Services.

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