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April 3, 2014

Blaze destroys apt. complex

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The fire's cause has yet to be determined, although there is the possibility lightning struck the site, he said. “We're not ruling anything out at this time.”

With thunderstorms in and around Palo Pinto County Tuesday night, he said lightning might have been a cause. The fire department will consult weather services to check for lightning strikes in the area.

Mineral Wells resident Nid Kisinger, who lives near Travis Elementary School, said she saw lightning in the area when the fire started. She woke up to see the flames leaping into the night sky and alerted neighbors. “I was so scared. I didn't know where the wind would blow the fire.”

Intense heat also melted vinyl siding on the west side exterior walls of the Meals on Wheels building on 14th Street across from the construction site, said Quinn Robinson, a board director for the organization, who was at the building assessing damage. The building was otherwise undamaged, although phone service was out that morning because of damage to phone lines caused by the fire.

Meal deliveries were on schedule, he said.

Several Mineral Wells residents were without phone service Wednesday morning because of damage to lines caused by the fire, said Phillip Self, outside foreman for AT&T in Mineral Wells. He wasn't sure when phone service would be restored in the area because electrical power also needed to be restored. AT&T crews were at the site working to get lines restored.

Crews from Oncor were working at the site to repair burned poles and restore power, said Robert Turk,  a building official for the City of Mineral Wells. He said he wasn't certain how much of the power grid had been affected.

He said the construction site itself didn't have any permanent electrical power, and he was due to inspect the completed clubhouse for electrical service Wednesday morning.

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