Mineral Wells Apartment Complex Under Construction Goes Up in Flames

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    Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a 3-story apartment building that was under construction to go up in flames in Mineral Wells. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    A huge fire lit up the sky in Mineral Wells overnight as an apartment complex that was under construction burned to the ground.

    According to Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool, fire crews were called out to the 1500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday to a "fully-involved" fire that tore through an 80-unit apartment complex that was under construction.

    Mineral Wells Apt. Complex Burns Overnight

    [DFW] Mineral Wells Apartment Complex Burns Overnight
    A huge fire lit up the sky in Mineral Wells overnight as an apartment complex that was under construction burned to the ground. (Published Wednesday, Apr 2, 2014)

    The flames were so intense that power poles were scorched and siding was melted on a nearby building before the fire department arrived.

    Pool said the fire was able to be put out by 4 a.m. Wednesday morning after having also battled small grass fires that were caused when winds blew embers from the fire.

    The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Pool said investigators will be speaking with construction crews on Wednesday.

    "They will talk with the construction people who worked yesterday and try to find out what the last processes were in place and what they were doing and maybe if there was a cause by that," Pool told NBC 5's Josh Ault.

    Mineral Wells fire crews said they were assisted by approximately 50 personnel from 8 area departments including Mineral Wells VFD, Millsap VFD, Brazos VFD, Santo VFD, Springcreek VFD, Weatherford Fire Department Ladder Truck, and both Parker and Palo Pinto Fire Marshalls.

    NBC 5's Josh Ault contributed to this report.