Arson investigation underway in Manhattan

MANHATTAN (KSNT) – On Monday 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 Wednesday 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.

“My wife called me out at the lake said that the garage was on fire they were putting it out, I raced home and my garage is a total lost,” victim Chad Simms said.

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).

“I don’t know if it’s going to happen here or where but I they’re doing this to, to see the trill of it yeah it’s going to happen again,” Simms said.

Neighbors in the area are planning to stake out their homes this evening to prevent it from happening to them.

Police ask anyone with information that could lead to an arrest to contact the Riley County Police Department, the Manhattan Fire Department, or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers at (785) 539-7777.

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