Early morning fire causes $175,000 damage to Manhattan apartment house

Manhattan fire crews were dispatched to the 600 block of Osage at 2:22 a.m. Thursday morning for a structure fire in Manhattan. The fire was controlled with no reported injuries. (Nathan Dixon via Manhattan Fire Department)

An overnight fire resulted in no injuries but caused $175,000 in damage to an apartment house in Manhattan, authorities said Thursday morning.


The fire was reported at 2:22 a.m. at a house at 600 Osage, about three blocks north of the city’s downtown area. Upon their arrival, crews found a three-story apartment house with smoke and fire coming out of the second floor.

Deputy Chief Ryan Almes, of the Manhattan Fire Department, said all four apartments were occupied at the time of the blaze, and everyone who was inside the building made it outside safely before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters attempted to fight the blaze by going inside the burning residence but quickly were repelled by the heat and flames and continued efforts to extinguish the fire from outside the building.

The fire reached a second alarm before it was contained within an hour. A total of 22 firefighters responded on six fire trucks.

Almes said the second and third floors sustained “heavy fire damage” and that crews remained on the scene after sunup to put out hot spots. Investigators also were on the scene and as of 8:30 a.m. were preparing to determine the cause of the blaze.

Of the estimated dollar loss, $100,000 was to the structure and $75,000 was to its contents.

According to the Manhattan Fire Department, the building’s owner is listed as KAT Property Management in Shawnee.