On Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at approximately 11:46 p.m., Manhattan Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 820 Sunset Avenue. The first arriving fire unit encountered heavy smoke and a small amount of fire in the lower level of the structure. Entry was made and the fire was quickly extinguished.
A 34-year old female was transported from the fire scene to Mercy Regional Hospital by Riley
County EMS, where she later died of injuries. According to a Kansas State University press release, the victim worked in the university's chemical engineering department.
The Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Kansas State Fire Marshal Office are currently investigating the cause of the fire.
If you have any information related to this investigation please contact the Riley County PoliceDepartment at 785-537-2112. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 539-7777 or 1-800-222-
TIPS (8477); or send us a web tip at www.manhattanrileycountycrimestoppers.com
For additional information, contact Fire Chief Jerry Snyder or Deputy Chief of Technical Services Ryan Almes at 587-4504._________________________
Information from Riley County Police Department
On February 7, 2013, at approximately 2344 hours, Riley County Police Department received numerous 911 calls regarding a fire inside of 820 Sunset Ave. First Responders and Manhattan Fire Department discovered smoke coming from the address. Rescue efforts began and once the building was entered, a 34 year old female was found in medical distress. She was transported to Mercy Regional Hospital by Riley County EMS, where she later succumbed to her injuries. Riley County Police Department, Manhattan Fire Department, ATF, and The Kansas State Fire Marshall are currently investigating the cause of this fire.
The identity of the victim is not being released at this time, pending next of kin notification. For more information regarding this investigation please contact Manhattan Fire Department or ATF. If you have any information related to this investigation please contact the Riley County Police Department at 785-537-2112. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 539-7777 or 1-800-222-TIPS (8477); or send us a web tip at www.manhattanrileycountycrimestoppers.com