Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

February 14, 2014

None injured in county trailer house blaze


— By CLINT FOSTER



PALO PINTO COUNTY – A busy week for Mineral Wells firefighters was capped off by a burning trailer house near the Brazos River.

Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell said Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department supplied mutual aid to Palo Pinto and Lone Camp volunteer fire departments for the flaming home on Comanche Trail at around 3:30 a.m., Thursday.

Harwell said it took multiple hours to quench the blaze. Even so, the trailer house could not be saved and burnt to the ground.

No residents were home at the time of the fire because Harwell said their water well had gone out.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Earlier in the week, the Mineral Wells Fire Department responded to multiple calls, including the house fire on NW 3rd Street, previously reported in the Index, that led to one man’s death.

On Monday, around 6 a.m., MWFD responded to an illegal burn behind a house in the 700 block of SW 3rd Avenue. Residents were burning pile of rubbish and wood that created a noticeable amount of smoke in the home’s backyard.

Firefighters extinguished the pile and educated the residents about legal burning and what they could and could not burn.

At 11 a.m., Sunday, MWFD responded to a heater fire in the wall of a home in the 400 block of Long Drive.

Although the fire was reportedly out upon MWFD’s arrival, firefighters still checked the house to make sure.

MWFD said the owner stated he had been sawing out a wall as part of a remodel project when he sawed through a gas supply line to a wall heater and an electric outlet in the same wall.

He added a spark from the saw blade ignited the escaping gas.

The owner turned off the gas at the meter and removed sheetrock from the wall to confirm there was no fire spread.

In their investigation, MWFD confirmed that the fire had not spread and contacted the gas company.