By BECKY GOFF, Little Apple Post
RILEY COUNTY —Law enforcement authorities are investigating a Kansas man in connection with a violent attack and for alleged arson.
Just after 11a.m. Monday, Riley County Fire District #1 was called out to the report of a possible structure fire in the 900 block of S. Collins Lane, south of Manhattan.
When firefighters arrived on scene they found a fire had engulfed a trailer near a house and had spread to a neighboring trailer and the yard.
The Riley County Police Department Public Information Officer, Aaron Wintermote, says RCPD officers also responded to the scene on the report of alleged aggravated battery and arson.
RCPD says a man was transported by Riley County EMS to Ascension Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan for treatment after it was reported a 39-year-old man hit the victim in the head multiple times with a pan.
According to RCPD, the suspect who reportedly hit the victim with the pan, then threw the victim's electronics into the bonfire, which had spread to a neighboring trailer, damaging it as well.
RCFD #1 Deputy Chief Doug Russell says the fire melted siding on the house, burned trailers, the yard and neighboring grass, totaling about 3 acres of property damaged by fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. Riley County Police Department Crime Scene Investigators and the Kansas Fire Marshal have been called to investigate the scene.