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2 arrested for deadly fire near Kansas State

Two Manhattan residents have been arrested in connection with an apartment fire that killed a Kansas State University researcher earlier this week.

The Riley County Police Department said 20-year-old Patrick Martin Scahill and 19-year-old Virginia Amanda Griese were arrested Friday on charges of felony murder and aggravated arson. Both were being held on $1 million bond.

The Collegian campus newspaper identified Griese as a sophomore in biology and Scahill as a freshman in open option.

Investigators did not say how they tied the suspects to Wednesday night’s fire at a 12-unit apartment building near the Kansas State campus.

The only injury was to 34-year-old Vasanta Lakshmi Pallem, a postdoctoral researcher in chemical engineering. She was found in her apartment and died later of smoke inhalation.

Authorities have not said where or how the fire started, as the investigation continues.

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