The ‘Dusty Bookshelf Fire’ causes an estimated $822,000 in damages

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Firefighters extinguish a fire that started at 3:45 a.m. this morning inside The Dusty Bookshelf. The fire caused an estimated $822,000 in damages to three buildings. (Emily Starkey | The Collegian)

“A total loss” of the building at 700 North Manhattan Ave., formerly home to The Dusty Bookshelf, has been ruled an accidental fire due to “self-heating of floor-finishing materials,” according to a release by the City of Manhattan at 5:08 p.m.

The investigation was led by fire investigators from the Manhattan Fire Department and the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The early-morning fire that was reported at 3:45 a.m. caused an estimated $673,000 in damages to the structure and inside contents.

The smoke from the fire also damaged the building’s neighbors, Varsity Donuts and Thread. The damage estimate for Varsity Donuts is about $85,000 for both the structure and contents and about $64,000 for Thread.

An estimated $822,000 in total damages is estimated for all three buildings, according to the release.

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Kaitlyn Alanis
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!