Manhattan crews battle structure fire in heat

Courtesy: Manhattan Fire Department

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – At 12:17 Monday afternoon, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 2400 Buttonwood Drive for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a single story residential structure with heavy smoke and fire showing from the rear area of the structure. Six fire apparatus and seventeen firefighters initially responded to the fire and the fire reached a Second Alarm before it was contained.

Due to the high temperatures, additional crews were called to the scene to allow crews operating on scene to rotate through a rehabilitation area that was set up by Riley County Emergency Medical Services.

MFD says occupants of the structure were not home at the time of the fire. The American Red Cross has been contacted to assist the residents due to the amount of damage to the structure. The owner is listed as Richard Laferriere, Manhattan.

Fire crews are currently still on scene extinguishing hot spots and performing salvage and overhaul. The fire cause is under investigation at this time and the 2400 block of Buttonwood Drive remains blocked by fire apparatus.

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