MANHATTAN (KSNT) – On July 21, 2014 the Riley County Police Department along with the Manhattan Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 831 Colorado Street in Manhattan. This fire damaged an unoccupied residence and was ultimately extinguished. The fire was ruled by fire investigators to have been set intentionally.
On July 23, 2014 both agencies returned to Colorado Street in response to a fire at 823 Colorado Street. This structure fire was found to be on a detached garage of the residence and was also extinguished shortly after emergency crews arrived. Before it was contained it created damage to a vehicle as well. Four fire apparatus and 14 firefighters initially responded to this fire before it was contained within minutes.
Police and officials with the Manhattan Fire Department are now investigating both of these fires as arson. It was determined that there was a high probability that they were set intentionally by an unknown subject(s).