Mineral Wells apartment complex fire called suspicious

A fire that did more than $4 million in damage to an unfinished Mineral Wells apartment complex this week already has been declared suspicious by fire investigators.

Although they are in the early stages of the investigation, Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool said the fire started in the middle of the night at a structure that was without electrical power.

Firefighters were called to the scene Tuesday and early Wednesday. The complex included about 80 apartments, a clubhouse and garage units, fire officials said.

The structure was destroyed and several pieces of construction equipment were damaged, they said. No injuries were reported.

The complex, in the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard in Mineral Wells, was designed as an assisted-living complex.

Fire investigators are interviewing workers and contractors who had been at the complex.

“The builder had said the complex was 80 percent complete,” Pool said Thursday. “And the project was estimated to be at $6 million when completed.”

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

Embers were carried by the wind and caused grass fires in the adjacent power plant field and Welcome Hill, fire officials reported.