Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

January 17, 2014

New light shed on weekend fire


LAKE PALO PINTO – Three fires raged across Palo Pinto County over the weekend that ultimately contributed to the Palo Pinto County Commissioners Court’s decision to reinstate a county-wide burn ban on Monday.

Now, new information has surfaced concerning arguably the most serious of the three weekend fires that illustrates just how much of a challenge it truly presented for local firefighters.

This particular fire occurred Sunday, between noon and 1 p.m., at a two-story home on Dunn Drive on the west bank of Lake Palo Pinto.

An army of firefighters from Lone Camp, Santo, Gordon, Strawn, Palo Pinto, Lake Palo Pinto, Brazos and Mineral Wells volunteer fire departments all responded to the blaze as well as Emergency Medical Services units from Santo, Tri-Cities and Possum Kingdom East.

Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell told the Index the flames had engulfed the entire second floor of the home by the time firefighters arrived.

“It was just a bad fire,” he said. “We needed all the water we could get.”

A representative from Santo Fire and EMS said the house was a “lost cause” upon arrival – with both the home and a vehicle under the carport trapped in an inferno – so firefighters were charged with the difficult task of containing the fire and preventing from spreading to many nearby structures and trees.

Harwell said the area was fairly densely wooded, making this task all the more difficult.

Yet, even with a north wind pushing the flames directly at a neighboring house, firefighters prevented any of the surrounding structures – including the burning home’s garage – from getting scorched.

Santo Fire/EMS said this fire required nothing less than “total teamwork” to combat. All firefighters were assigned different areas to work and rotated, taking turns hydrating and resting to stave off heat exhaustion from the towering flames that produced two audible explosions.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • Training to begin for CASA child advocates

    Although National Child Abuse prevention month is quickly coming to a close, the fight against child abuse is far from won.

    April 22, 2014

  • Genesys2.jpg S-TEC now piloted locally

    Roger Smith, CEO of Genesys Aerosystems, and his management team, saw a great opportunity for growth with the acquisition through a managed buyout of Chelton Flight Systems Inc. and S-TEC Corporation, doing business as Cobham Avionics, from Cobham.

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rains bring end to burn ban – for now

    PALO PINTO – Weekend rains led Palo Pinto County Judge David Nicklas on Tuesday to temporarily lift the countywide burn ban.

    April 22, 2014

  • paperclip patent.jpg Paperclip invented locally?

    It is a staple of the office – the paper clip, a simple but elegant tool, a couple of bends of thin wire that helps keep us organized.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • bat workers.jpg New bat sanctuary to be ready in June

    Sometime around June, area bats will have a new place to hang out.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • David May named Index general manager-editor

    David May, a veteran newspaper executive who served 10-½ years as editor of the Mineral Wells Index, has been appointed general manager and editor of the newspaper, effective immediately.

    April 18, 2014

  • Social media part of PD’s varied arsenal

    Criminals seem to like bragging online of their misdeeds.

    April 18, 2014

  • Martinez cross.JPG Safe, but not home yet

    "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_2415.jpg Baker 4B town hall meet set

    For those on the fence about the 4B election coming up on May 10, the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “townhall” meeting on April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mineral Wells High School in the cafeteria.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo


    Mineral Wells  — Henry Ford is quoted as saying that, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    April 17, 2014

Featured Ads

Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

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.