By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services were kept busy over the past weekend, responding to a number of various calls between Jan. 24 and Monday.
The first call was a wreck in the 8900 block of US Highway 180 West on Jan. 24, just before 6:30 p.m. Mineral Wells Fire/EMS said they responded, with the help of the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office, to the scene were a man driving approximately 40 mph struck a cow that had gotten loose and was crossing the road.
Mineral Wells Fire/EMS said the driver was not injured and did not require transport to Palo Pinto General Hospital, but his vehicle and the cow were not so lucky. The vehicle had to be towed away and the cow – which was described by a Mineral Wells Fire/EMS representative as “pretty destroyed” and “unable to get up” – had to be put to sleep.
“There are no winners when a car hits an animal,” Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool said. “I’ve reported on lots of accidents with people and livestock or deer and seen lots of fatalities from that. It’s bad for whoever owns the animal and it’s certainly serious (for the driver). Usually people get hurt pretty bad.”
Mineral Wells Fire/EMS did not have any information regarding who the cow belonged to or how or when it got loose.
The next night, Saturday just before 10:30 p.m., the MWFD responded to a controlled burn in the 1500 block of NW 3rd Avenue: inside city limits and during a county-wide burn ban.
Firefighters found the resident and others sitting around a pile of burning plywood. Officials warned the resident that there was a burn ban and he could not burn after dark within city limits, nor could he burn building materials.
Mineral Wells Fire/EMS said the resident told them he would put out the fire, however, he did not and the Mineral Wells Police Department issued him a citation. No one and nothing was harmed by the flames.
MWFD and Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the following calls:
• Jan. 25: Volunteers, 12:11 a.m., dumpster fire in the 600 block of Southridge Road.
• Jan. 25: MWFD, 4:39 p.m., smell of smoke coming from a ceiling fan in the 1400 block of SE 4th Avenue.
• Monday: MWFD, 8:00 p.m., report of a controlled burn during burn ban in the 1100 block of SW 25th Street. MWFD arrived on scene and MWPD had made contact with the subject, who was extinguishing the small burn pile being used as a campfire.