Flames greet firefighters at this construction site on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Mineral Wells late Tuesday night.
Flames greet firefighters at this construction site on Martin Luther King Blvd. in Mineral Wells late Tuesday night. (Monica Brown Courtesy)
Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool reported that, at approximately 11:52 p.m. Tuesday, the Mineral Wells Fire Department was called to 1500 Martin Luther King Blvd. to a fully involved structure fire of an approximately 80-unit apartment complex that was under construction which included a clubhouse and garage units. 
The apartment complex was a total loss. 
There were flames so intense prior to the fire department arriving that power poles were burned and there was light damage to the Meals on Wheels building where heat melted the siding and burned some of the grass, Pool reported. Some of the embers from the fire were carried by the wind and caused grass fires in the adjacent power plant field and to the side of Welcome Mountain.
Siding of the Meals on Wheels building shows the effects of radiant heat from the fire across the street.
Siding of the Meals on Wheels building shows the effects of radiant heat from the fire across the street. (Maye Engebretson Courtesy)

By 4 a.m., the departments had the fire out and were in the clean up stages, Pool reported. 
The cause of the fire is under investigation. 
He explained that Mineral Wells was assisted by approximately 50 personnel from eight area departments including Mineral Wells VFD, Millsap VFD, Brazos VFD, Santo VFD, Springcreek VFD, a Weatherford Fire Department ladder truck and both Parker and Palo Pinto county fire marshals.