By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department responded to a car fire on Sunday that might have gotten out of control if allowed to burn much longer.
According to MWVFD Captain Jerry VanNatta, the volunteers received a call from a passerby, just before 3 a.m., that a truck parked in front of a house was on fire in the 1600 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2256.
VanNatta said when they arrived at the scene, the truck had been burning for a good while and the flames had spread to a car belonging to the resident’s son, which was parked next to it. By the time the fire was put out, the truck was completely destroyed and the car had been scorched for what VanNatta estimated was around $2,000 worth of damage, although it was still drivable.
VanNatta said the owner of the truck said he did not know it had been set ablaze until he saw the lights of the fire trucks outside his house.
The source of the fire was a heater that the owner plugged in to warm the truck’s diesel motor, which apparently shorted out and sparked the flames.
As for the rest of Palo Pinto County, Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell said he has received no calls this week, as of Wednesday afternoon.