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By Mary Shirk
The Mercury 

Future of bookstore uncertain after Manhattan fire


MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A few weeks after a fire destroyed The Dusty Bookshelf, owner Diane Meredith and her family went away on spring break.

"We sat on the beach and did nothing," Meredith said. "Getting actual mileage between us and the bookstore was really important and helped us to get perspective."

The Mercury ( ) reports that the store at 700 N. Manhattan Ave. was destroyed by a fire on March 2 that started from a self-heating floor finish, fire investigators said.

Two other businesses, Varsity Donuts and T-shirt shop Thread, sustained smoke and water damage. Ol...

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