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Still no suspects in Pawnee arson

By The Mercury

Authorities provided no further information about an arson at Pawnee Mental Health Services on Saturday.

At 6:35 a.m. that day, Manhattan Fire Department firefighters found a fire that started inside a wall at Pawnee and extended to some grass nearby.

The total estimated loss was $10,000 to the Pawnee building and $1,000 to its contents.

Based on evidence, officials determined that the fire had been intentionally set.

Neither Officer Matthew Droge of the Riley County Police Department nor MFD fire marshal Rick Stillwagon had new information to release Wednesday. Police have made no arrests and have no suspects, they said.

Fire investigators from the MFD and the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office, in cooperation with the Riley County Police Department, are investigating.

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