Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Local News

February 19, 2014

County fires rage, but no injuries

Three fires blaze across county on Valentine’s Day


PALO PINTO COUNTY – It seems affectionate couples weren’t the only ones heating things up this Valentine’s Day. Three fires – as well as love – burned across Palo Pinto County, Friday, necessitating timely responses from area volunteer fire departments.

The Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department quenched two grass fires on the holiday, the first of which burned just before 1 p.m. in the 3300 block of Pioneer Drive. MWVFD said a downed power line sparked the flames.  

Soon after, at 2:45 p.m., the Mineral Wells Volunteers were off to the second grass fire on US Highway 281 north at Peadonville.

Once MWVFD had extinguished their fires, a final Valentine’s Day blaze made for a busy night for the Graford Volunteer Fire Department when a man’s RV caught fire in the 600 block of East Division Street.

County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell said the man – who was living in the camper behind his family’s house – had a space heater in his trailer attached to the house by a long extension cord.

At around 9:30 p.m., Harwell said the man woke up and noticed that the heater wasn’t working properly.

When he went to investigate the heater in question, he noticed it had seized up, caught fire and was burning the area around it.

Harwell said the man immediately evacuated his RV, called the GVFD and tried to turn the garden hose on the fire.

Graford’s volunteers arrived and put out the flames in about an hour, but not before the trailer had burned completely to the ground. Harwell said fires like this one are common with space heaters, especially when they are not set up in the safest ways or in the safest places.

“Those space heaters need to be on a good, dedicated cord,” he said. “Those space heaters pull a lot of watts. So, (for example, if) it’s wanting 250 watts, but you lose wattage for every foot (of cord), so, the heater’s not getting what it needs. That’s why they malfunction a lot of times. It’s called under-currenting.”

Text Only
Local News
Featured Ads
Mineral Wells Index

Front page
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Bon Jovi Helps Open Low-income Housing in Philly Pipeline Opponents Protest on National Mall Hagel Gets Preview of New High-tech Projects S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart New Country Music Hall of Fame Inductees Named 'Piles' of Bodies in South Sudan Slaughter New Yorkers Celebrate Cherry Blossom Blooms SCOTUS Hears Tv-over-Internet Case Justice Dept. Broadening Criteria for Clemency Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers 'Miss Meadows' Takes Holmes Back to Her Roots Biden: Russia Must Stop Talking, Start Acting David Moyes Out As Manchester United Manager Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Iowa College Finds Beauty in Bulldogs High Court to Hear Dispute of TV Over Internet Stowaway Teen Forces Review of Airport Security
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Must Read