Manhattan apartment fire reported as arson

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (KSNT) – An apartment fire was intentionally set according to the Riley County Police Department.

Officers filed a report for aggravated arson early Tuesday morning in the 400 block of Walters Dr.

RCPD said Ashley Nuss, 31, of Manhattan, was a victim of arson after her upstairs apartment was damaged by a fire set in the apartment below.

RCPD tells KSNT News 21-year-old Brianna Elston lives in the ground-level apartment below Nuss and is accused of intentionally setting her own apartment on fire. Elston was taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries and arrested for aggravated arson. Her bond was set at $75,000.

The estimated amount of damage is reported to be $15,000.

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