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April 2, 2014

Overnight fire destroys Mineral Wells complex, ignites grass fires

Area firefighters from six towns battled an overnight blaze at a Mineral Wells apartment complex construction site for more than four hours before it was extinguished.

It took eight area fire departments more than four hours to knock down a fire at a Mineral Wells apartment complex that was under construction.

No injuries were reported in the blaze in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, which also ignited several grass fires late Tuesday and early Wednesday, fire officials said.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Firefighters were called to the fire at 11:52 p.m. Tuesday and discovered the complex “fully involved,” Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool said in a news release.

“The apartment complex was a total loss,” Pool said.

The complex included about 80 apartments, a clubhouse and garage units, all under construction, fire officials said.

Flames also burned power poles and caused minor damage to a nearby Meals on Wheels building, Pool said.

“Some of the embers from the fire were carried by the winds and caused grass fires in the adjacent power plant field and Welcome Hill,” Pool said.

Firefighters had the fire out by 4 a.m. Wednesday, but several remained at the scene.

Along with Mineral Wells, firefighters from Millsap, Brazos, Santo, Springcreek and Weatherford helpeds battle the blaze. Parker and Palo Pinto County fire marshals were also there.

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