MANHATTAN, Kan. – (KSNT) Shortly after 9:30 Monday night, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 2720 Stone Valley Drive for a report of a structure fire.
Upon arrival, crews found a one-story duplex with fire showing from the roof. The fire reached a second alarm before it was contained within 30 minutes. A total of18 firefighters responded on 5 fire apparatus with the last units clearing at around 12:30 a.m.
The occupant of 2720 was not home at the time of the fire. The Total estimated lost is placed at $120,000. The owner is listed as Linda McCullough of the same address. The occupants of 2716 had no fire damage, but sustained an estimated $2,000 due to smoke damage.
The fire cause was due to a lightning strike. In addition to the structure fire, high winds in the area caused tree damage and downed power lines. Crews responded to 25 additional calls of service, most of which were related to electrical hazards created by downed power lines.