Manhattan, Kan., May 23, 2018 — Fire investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kansas Office of the State Fire Marshal, and the Manhattan Fire Department, have determined the fire that occurred on May 22, 2018, at 1117 Mid-Campus Drive, Hale Library, was accidental due to the roofing operations that were being conducted.
A damage estimate has not been created due to the unknown amount of smoke and water damage throughout the structure. Assistance from Kansas State University will be needed to determine an accurate loss amount once an assessment of the building and contents is complete.
The building has been turned back over to Kansas State University. Hale Library will remain closed until further notice.
Please contact Deputy Chief Ryan Almes, Manhattan Fire Department, at 785-587-4504 with any questions.
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