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Posted on: January 17, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Crews Battle Stubborn Wind-Driven Fire

3114 Gary Avenue

At approximately noon January 16, 2014, the Manhattan Fire Department was dispatched to 3114 Gary Avenue for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a two-story single family residence with smoke and fire visible from the roof.

Firefighters made entry into the structure and performed a search and attempted to control the fire from the interior of the building. With wind gusts upwards of 30 mph and the roof collapsing, crews were forced out of the building and had to fight the fire from the exterior. The fire reached a second alarm before it was contained within approximately one hour.

The building owner is Jeanette Cukjati of Girard, Kan. The damage is estimated at $150,000 to the structure and another $50,000 for the contents. No one was home at the time of the fire. Two dogs and one cat were rescued from the building.

The fire cause is listed as accidental due to discarded smoking materials.

Please contact Deputy Chief Ryan Almes, Manhattan Fire Department, at 785-587-4504 with any questions.

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