By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO COUNTY – City and county fire departments had their hands full throughout the weekend, and especially on Martin Luther King Day, with a number of fires and calls for service.
The first was a structure fire around 3 p.m., Saturday, at an unoccupied rental cottage in the 1700 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2951 on the eastern peninsula of Possum Kingdom Lake, just off of Park Road 36. County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell said PK East and Graford volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze and quickly put it out before it could cause too much damage.
Harwell said this fire is still under investigation, but because of its nature and damage done exclusively to the inside in the kitchen, laundry room and attic, he suspects the cause was likely an electrical issue around the stove or refrigerator.
The remainder of major calls all occurred in Mineral Wells.
First, just before 10 a.m., Sunday, the Mineral Wells Fire Department responded to a fire at a residence in the 400 block of Sam Houston Avenue. Mineral Wells Fire/Emergency Medical Services said the resident told them he had been working in his storage shed and using a propane heater to stay warm. He stepped out of the shed to do something else, leaving the heater unattended, and returned to find the shed engulfed in flames.
When MWFD arrived, they said the shed had been burnt completely to the ground, making the job about containing the remaining flames and keeping them from spreading to another nearby shed. MWFD extinguished the flames with no problems.
Next, on Monday at around 3 a.m., MWFD responded to a vehicle fire in the 300 block of NW 2nd Avenue. Firefighters extinguished a fire contained to the back passengers side of the vehicle. Mineral Wells Fire/EMS did not report a cause for the flames.
Finally, both the MWFD and Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call concerning smoke in a building on MH 379 at 5:30 p.m., Monday. Mineral Wells Fire/EMS said firefighters discovered a large amount of smoke coming from a back room. Upon investigating an electrical panel, firefighters found a tripped breaker for a heating unit.
They shut off the breaker and found the heating unit’s blower motor had shorted out and started a small fire that put itself out.