By CHRIS AGEE
Firefighters spent Thursday morning battling a large fire that began in a shop and scorched much of the surrounding property.
Mineral Wells firefighters responded to the blaze on Whispering Oaks Drive around 9:30 a.m. and were soon joined by several other area agencies, according to County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell.
He explained a recreational vehicle was parked inside of a metal building at the location and an apparent malfunction in the vehicle ignited the fire.
Harwell updated the Index at about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, explaining crews remained on the scene to monitor the situation.
"It's out right now," he said, adding firefighters were in the "mop up stage."
The fire escaped the shop, Harwell said, and posed a danger to many other area structures.
"It spread to almost 20 acres and threatened 15 homes," he explained.
One neighbor said her son was at home when he "heard a bunch of popping" that "sounded like gunshots" and saw smoke pouring from the building.
A Palo Pinto County sheriff's deputy at the scene confirmed he heard a number of explosions from near the fire's origin.
Through dense smoke, crews from multiple agencies battled the blaze until shortly after noon, when the cleanup process began.
In addition to Mineral Wells crews, Harwell said firefighters from Brazos, Santo, Palo Pinto, and Graford joined in the effort and Parker County sent two tanker trucks.
As of Thursday afternoon, he said the scene remained to hot to re-enter and investigate, though he noted the cause was most likely accidental.
No one was home at the time of the fire, he added, and there were no injuries associated with the incident.