Fire damages Manhattan Dairy Queen

The back of Dairy Queen on Anderson Avenue after Tuesday morning's fire. (Jon Parton | The Collegian)

An overnight fire damaged the west side Dairy Queen at 3116 Anderson Ave. Tuesday morning.

The Manhattan Fire Department was alerted to the fire shortly before 7:30, according to the department’s Twitter account.

A total of 22 firefighters and 6 fire trucks responded to the blaze, closing one westbound lane of Anderson Avenue for about an hour.

No one was inside the building during the fire. Dairy Queen manager Loren Root said the damage was bad, but employees were safe.

“The important part is no one got hurt,” Root said. “We’ll make it back from this. It might take us 2 or 3 months, but we’ll come back.”

Micha Hydeman, captain with MFD, said firefighters were able to quickly put the fire out.

“There was extensive smoke damage to the structure,” Hydeman said. “But we were able to contain it in about 20 minutes.”

MFD estimated that $200,000 in structural damage was done along with $200,000 in damage to the contents of the restaurant.

Hydeman said the cause of the fire is still undetermined and is still being investigated.