Nearly 100 people affected by Manhattan apartment fire

Photo sent to KSNT News by Reid Bowser

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.

Photo taken by KSNT News reporter Harrison Drake.
Photo taken by KSNT News reporter Harrison Drake.

 

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.

Picture from Alexandria Marquez, of Manhattan. Photo taken of parking lot filled with smoke during the October 17th fire at the Founder’s Hill Apartment Complex.
Picture from Alexandria Marquez, of Manhattan. Photo taken of parking lot filled with smoke during the October 17th fire at the Founder’s Hill Apartment Complex.

 

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.”

Picture from Alexandria Marquez, of Manhattan. Photo taken of parking lot filled with smoke during the October 17th fire at the Founder’s Hill Apartment Complex.
Picture from Alexandria Marquez, of Manhattan. Photo taken of parking lot filled with smoke during the October 17th fire at the Founder’s Hill Apartment Complex.

 

k-state

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

riley-county-police-department

 

This is a developing story, for new updates continue to check this story.

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s