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October 14, 2013

Flaming tractors, stopped elevators make busy week for local firefighters

By CLINT FOSTER

The Mineral Wells Fire Department and Volunteer Fire Department were kept busy this week, responding to four calls of various kinds in a matter of three days.

 

Wednesday was the department's busiest day. According to MW Fire/Emergency Medical Services, MWFD and MWVFD responded to three total calls that day. 

 

The first was a grease fire in the kitchen of a restaurant at 103 Garrett Morris Parkway around 1:30 p.m. When MWFD firefighters arrived at the restaurant, the fire had already been put out and the building evacuated. But, MWFD said, the restaurant owners were scared and asked that the firefighters entered the building and made sure the fire was snuffed. MWFD entered the building, determined the fire was out and helped the staff to ventilate the building.

 

Not long after, just before 2 p.m., MWFD responded to a person locked in an elevator in the 100 block of SE 6th Avenue. An electrician was on the scene and was able to successfully open the elevator door and release the person inside. The elevator was then placed out of service.

 

MWVFD got in on the Wednesday action when they took a truck to aid the Graford Volunteer Fire Department in fighting a tractor fire on Grassyridge Road around 1:30 p.m. The fire was successfully extinguished with no problems.

 

Rounding out a week of local emergencies was a truck fire just before 1:30 a.m. Friday morning. MWFD responded to the 600 block of NW 8th Street to find a small fire coming from underneath a truck near the exhaust. The fire was quickly extinguished with no damage found from the fire and no injuries.

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