Building of The Dusty Bookshelf ‘a total loss’

Firefighters extinguish a fire that was started at 3:45 a.m. this morning inside The Dusty Bookshelf. (Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

In a news release from the Manhattan Fire Department, the structure fire at 700 North Manhattan Ave., which is now out, resulted in “a total loss” of the building.

The two-story commercial building that was previously The Dusty Bookshelf, was under a building permit with the name of the new business listed as “Co-op.” The owners of the building, according to the release, are Sherilyn and Roger Bender of Sunrise Beach, Missouri.

According to an article in the Manhattan Mercury, Diane Meredith was the owner of The Dusty Bookshelf and said the store’s inventory had been moved out for a renovation project.

Thirty firefighters responded to the fire and no injuries have been reported. One cat, Oliver, was rescued from a neighboring business.

There is smoke damage to both Thread and Varsity Donuts in Aggieville.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. According to the release, the Manhattan Fire Department, Riley County Police Department, Kansas Office of the State Marshal Fire and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will be conducting a joint investigation.

Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Alanis, former news editor for the Collegian and a May 2017 graduate in agricultural communications and journalism. I have never tried a hamburger and I hate the taste of coffee, but I love writing stories and sharing what I learn with our readers. By writing for the Collegian, I can now not only sing along when the K-State Band plays "The Band is Hot," but I also know that most agriculture students did not grow up on a farm, how to use an AED to save someone's life and why there is a bust of MLK Jr. outside of Ahearn Field House. Thanks for reading!