The Dusty Bookshelf fire as told by Twitter

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The Manhattan Fire Department was alerted of smoke coming out of a building at 700 N. Manhattan, The Dusty Bookshelf, at around 3:45 a.m. Thursday.

The fire caused heavy smoke damage to both Varsity Donut’s and Thread’s.

As of 7:45 a.m. the fire was contained, but not under control.

Some twitter users were up in arms that the iconic bookstore, which first opened in Aggieville in 1985, was up in flames.

The store was vacant at the time of the fire due to remodeling, so no injuries or burned books were reported. To some, the biggest concern was the well-being of the bookstore cat, Oliver, who had supposedly been seen hanging around the store during renovations.

At 8:00 a.m. Manhattan Fire Department tweeted a report that Oliver was found safe and sound.

The fire was put out at around 9:00 a.m. and an investigation into what caused the fire began, according to RCPD.

Some twitter users chimed in with comedic relief.

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