Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

April 3, 2014

Blaze destroys apt. complex

By TODD GLASSCOCK

Firefighters from eight area departments responded to a blaze just before midnight Tuesday that destroyed an apartment complex construction site in the 1500 bock of Martin Luther King Blvd. in Mineral Wells.

The Royal Gardens site, meant for income-based senior living, was a total loss, said Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool.

Pool said reports of the fire came in around 11:52 p.m. Tuesday and when the first trucks from Mineral Wells arrived the structure was fully involved. The fire was out by 4 a.m. Wednesday.

The fire was massive, he said. As he headed to the call from his home outside of Weatherford, he could see the flames.  

He said eight departments and about 50 firefighters from Mineral Wells and Weatherford Fire Departments and volunteer fire departments from Mineral Wells, Millsap, Cool-Garner, Brazos, Santo and Springcreek responded to the blaze, as well as to brush fires that erupted near the adjacent power plant from blowing embers and as far as Welcome Mountain, about 3 miles from the construction site. Also involved were both Parker and Palo Pinto County fire marshals.

No injuries were reported, Pool said.

Pool said the fire devastated the 75-unit complex and clubhouse that was under construction, as well as construction trailers and large amounts of equipment and heavy machinery such as loaders. Garages on the south and west sides of the complex received minor damage.

“Winds out of the south kept it off the garages,” Pool said. “The wind made it spread.”

Intense heat and flame also burned two power poles and damaged phone lines in the area, he said. The heat was intense enough that it sucked moisture from the concrete pavement around the complex, causing it to pop and crack. Several areas in the pavement around the complex were blackened and pocked with holes where the concrete had exploded.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • arrestees.jpg Man charged with drug possession, escape; police arrest man on burglary, burglary warrant charges

    Police make arrests in separate cases involving a suspicious individual downtown allegedly found in possession of a meth pipe and a quantity of meth, and a man charged with burglary who was wanted in another burglary case.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • 143_20121228_20586-Edit.jpg Taylor Albin: Boss clown

    It is always good to be the boss – including when you are a circus clown.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • marauder Chris Snapp.jpg Zombies take over downtown

    Thursday and Friday parts of downtown Mineral Wells will succumb to an invasion of plague-stricken, blood-thirsty marauders.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos 1 Link

  • 0720 one geese IMG_0387.jpg Wild goose hunt?

    A large flock of Canadian geese that have roosted at Holiday Hills Country Club might have management stuck like a duck.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0731 TFT stage.JPG Setting the stage

    Texas Frontier Trails is, well, once again on the trail.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

  • budget cover.jpg Optimism in numbers

    Next year's proposed budget seeds optimism for Mineral Well's growth.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hearing set for second fire district proposal

    PALO PINTO – Palo Pinto County Commissioners set a date for a hearing to place a petition on the Nov. 4 general election ballot to create a second Emergency Services District.

    July 29, 2014

  • Inquiry made on housing children at CCA

    An inquiry about housing at the former Corrections Corporation of America facility at Wolters Industrial Park some of the thousands of unaccompanied children who have crossed illegally into the United States seems to be nothing more than that, at least for now.

    July 28, 2014 2 Stories

  • Woman killed in one-vehicle wreck

    SALESVILLE – A Mineral Wells woman died Friday after she crashed her car into a brick retaining wall near Hilltop Road.

    July 28, 2014

  • bryan joyner1.jpg Back on the beat

    It is never too late to start a music career – or restart one as the case may be. For Mineral Wells High School Class of 1989 graduate Bryan Adam Joyner, restarting his is the case. He is once again making a strong push to get his music into the mainstream while performing wherever he can.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo 1 Link

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

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

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.