Manhattan man jailed on charge of arson

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A Manhattan man has been arrested on suspicion he intentionally set a fire last weekend to his home.

The Riley County Police Department says 37-year-old Michael Ray Watt was arrested Wednesday and charged with one count of arson to a dwelling with intent to injure or defraud. He’s confined in the Riley County Jail on a $75,000 bond.

Manhattan Fire Department crews were called out to the fire at 820 Church Ave. last Friday evening after a report of multiple explosions. The total loss was estimated at around $100,000. No one was injured in the fire. See related story: No injuries reported after Friday night house fire 

Manhattan Fire Department courtesy photo.

 

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