MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – Several K-State students are without a home after their apartment caught on fire Monday afternoon.
Firefighters were called to the Founders Hill apartment complex just after 3:30 p.m. The complex is just a few blocks from the Kansas State University campus at 1401 College Avenue. It’s known several students from K-State lived there.
Ryan Alm’s, Deputy Fire Chief for the Manhattan Fire Department told KSNT News late Monday that 91 people were displaced because of the fire. He also said that 28 units were affected, of those 27 units were occupied.
There has been no reports of anyone being injured. Riley County Police Department spokesperson, officer Matthew Droge tells us four pets had to be rescued.
Firefighters worked for over an hour trying to put the fire out. Police say the fire started in building G, and most of the damage was just sustained to that building. Claflin road also was closed at the time of the fire.
Thought it’s not known what caused the fire, officer Droge told KSNT News they are asking the public for help, “As a precaution the police department is asking that anyone with video or photos to email those photos to contact_RCPD.org, along with your contact information” Droge said. “If this turns in to a criminal investigation that help set us up with more evidence to be able to sift through.”
Just after the fire had been reported K-State sent out a tweet that said, “#KState students affected by today’s fire at Founders Hill apartment should call the Office of Student Life at 785-532-6432 for assistance.”
A few hours after the fire Riley County Police also tweeted, “Non-Students who are displaced as a result of this fire should contact Founders hill Management.” No number was provided, but online KSNT News found the following office number listed on the Founder Hill’s website: (785) 539-4600
This is a developing story, for new updates continue to check this story.