$4 Million in damage from Manhattan apartment fire

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Manhattan, Kan. (KSNT)- The Founders Hill Apartment complex in Manhattan that was the scene of a massive fire on Monday sustained $4 million in damage.

The Manhattan Fire Department released a statement on Tuesday that said improper disposed of smoking materials were found in the area of origin and could not be ruled out as the cause.

Several fire agencies determined that the main building affected was Apartment G. Fire investigators determined that the fire started on the second floor balcony of building G in the southwest corner of the building. The fire burned for more than an hour after starting at 3:30 Monday afternoon. Investigators say the fire quickly spread up the building, pushed by strong south winds.

In the release the fire department said the loss to the building is now estimated at $3.5 million dollars with an additional $500,000 in loss to contents. The release also mentioned there are 41 residents that continue to be displaced by the fire.

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