This home on Dunn Lane at Lake Palo Pinto is a total loss after fire raced through it Sunday afternoon.
This home on Dunn Lane at Lake Palo Pinto is a total loss after fire raced through it Sunday afternoon. (Mark Engebretson)
Three fires resulted in the loss of a motor home, a trailer house and a home. Friday, a fire at a disposal well site north of Graford along Highway 4 took a motor home to the ground. "He had just got there and parked," said Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell. "He went to Walmart, bought some food and supplies and came back. "He smelled some gas, looked outside and came back in and didn't smell it." Harwell said the stove burners were in the "Pilot" position. When the man used a lighter to start the pilots, it exploded. "He said there was fire everywhere," Harwell said of the unidentified man. He sustained burns to his hand and a passerby transported him to a Jacksboro hospital. The Graford Volunteer Fire Department responded with support from PK East VFD. Around 3:15 a.m. Saturday, a fire was reported on Papoose Lane in Pleasant Valley. "It was a single-wide mobile home, unoccupied," harwell said. "There were no cars at the location, no witnesses." Palo Pinto, Lone Camp and Mineral Wells VFDs answered that call. That fire is still under investigation, he added. Sunday afternoon, a fire in the 300 block of Dunn Lane at Lake Palo Pinto completely destroyed a two-story home. "There is nothing suspicious about that fire," he said, adding that it is under investigation as to the cause. While the residents were able to escape unharmed, two firefighters suffered heat-related injuries and were transported to Palo Pinto General Hospital for treatment and observation.

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Lake Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto, Gordon, Lone Camp, Santo and Mineral Wells VFDs all responded to the initial fire. Graford and Lipan were later called to assist. PK East EMS also responded for medical support.