MANHATTAN – The Salvation Army Thrift Store in Manhattan, Kansas is closed until further notice, following a fire early Saturday morning that caused more than $150,000 in damage to the building at 310 Poyntz Avenue.
The Salvation Army’s Community Care office, which provides emergency assistance, was not affected by the fire and continues regular operations, Monday-Friday, 10 am-noon and 1-3 pm.
The Salvation Army’s worship space was also unaffected. Church services are held every Sunday morning at 11 am. The Community Care office and the sanctuary are located next door to the thrift store.
“We are currently looking for a temporary location to operate out of until we are able to reopen the thrift store,” said Major Charles Smith, divisional commander of The Salvation Army for Kansas and Western Missouri. “Revenue from our thrift store helps fund the many community programs and social services we provide to assist people in need in Manhattan.”
Riley County authorities this afternoon said they are investigating the fire as a burglary and arson.
Meanwhile, the Manhattan Salvation Army is welcoming new leadership this week. Lt. Kirsten Aho will be the new Corps Officer in charge of The Salvation Army in Manhattan. She is replacing Majors Jerry and Nancy Curttright, who are retiring.