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February 12, 2014

Mineral Wells man killed in house fire

Three local fire crews battle burning wood house on cold Tuesday morning

By CLINT FOSTER | Lone Star News Group

A Mineral Wells man is dead after his two-story, wooden home caught fire on the northwest side of town, Tuesday morning.

Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool said the man was in the second-floor bedroom of the residence in the 300 block of NW 3rd Street when the Mineral Wells Fire Department, Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department and Millsap Volunteer Fire Department arrived to find flames leaping through the roof of the structure.

Pool said it was hard to tell whether heat or smoke killed the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene.  He added that he could not release any additional information about the man’s identity at this time. The old-style, wood house burned quickly as Pool said it took between one and two hours to get the blaze under control.

Fire crews returned periodically throughout the day to monitor the residence and make sure the flames remained extinguished.

“The nature of the construction and age of the house contributed to the spread of the fire,” Pool said. “There was a lot of wood instead of the sheet rock (in more modern homes). It caused some problems in putting it out.”

Pool said Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell is currently conducting an investigation of the fire. Although Pool said they may never know the exact cause of the fire, he added that it does not seem suspicious at this time.

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