(Riley County, KS – January 22, 2024) At 7:15 PM on Saturday, January 20, Riley County Fire District #1 was dispatched to reports of smoke and flames visible from a residence in the Hunter’s Island area south of Manhattan. Upon arrival, crews found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames near several other outbuildings and structures.
A dog unfortunately perished in the fire. No other civilian injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, but foul play is not suspected. The mobile home was a total loss. The property owner is listed as Jeffrey Jones of Manhattan.
“With temperatures in the single digits, the prolonged cold and slick conditions made things challenging. Our crews did an excellent job of stopping the fire at the building of origin and operating effectively,” explained Deputy Chief John Martens. “While there was an unfortunate loss of a pet, we are grateful there were no other civilian injuries, and no one was inside the structure at the time of the fire.”
A total of 25 firefighters responded on 11 apparatus. They extinguished the fire and remained on scene for approximately 3.5 hours to monitor conditions.
“We have a great crew that includes people from several generations all working together. It’s always encouraging to see the young folks learning from veteran firefighters, then stepping into leadership roles themselves. I’m proud of our people and grateful they are committed to this work,” said Martens.
Riley County Fire District #1 (RCFD#1) safeguards the unincorporated areas of Riley County, Kansas, including Leonardville, Ogden, and Randolph. Additionally, the department offers supplementary support to the City of Manhattan and the City of Riley. Covering approximately 500 square miles of suburban and rural terrain, this dedicated team responds to wildfires, brush fires, structure fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, road hazards, gas leaks, and other disasters. Dispatched by Riley County 911, the 15 strategically located fire stations, staffed by over 120 volunteer firefighters, ensure around-the-clock emergency response and risk reduction for the community.
Photos courtesy of Riley County Fire District #1.