MINERAL WELLS - An accidental fire on Lincolnshire Drive in Mineral Wells Wednesday caused heavy damage to a house but no one was injured.
The fire broke out in a residence at 403 Lincolnshire Drive around 6:17 p.m. Wednesday, officials said. The names of the residents were not immediately available Wednesday, officials said.
Crews with the Wood County Fire Investigation Team determined the cause of the blaze to be accidental, caused by discarded smoking materials, officials said. The house was not considered a total loss, fire investigators said.
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A house fire at 403 Lincolnshire Drive in Mineral Wells Wednesday brought out firefighters from Mineral Wells, Eastwood and Lubeck. Lubeck firefighter John Davis tries to reach a hotspot.
Chief Jay Parsons with the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department said the fire was contained in about 15 minutes. He said the most damage was done to the front room and part of the roof of the house, along with smoke damage to other areas.
About 35 firefighters from the Eastwood, Lubeck and Mineral Wells volunteer fire departments responded to the blaze.
Parsons said traffic in a residential neighborhood like the one on Lincolnshire Drive can be an issue at fires, as people want to help. Although the public is trying to offer assistance, it can sometimes be dangerous for them to become involved, he said.
Parsons said fires in neighborhoods are not as common in the area because the housing developments are mostly new.
"The housing developments aren't that old," he said. "We did have one last year outside of town in a development, but before that it had been four or five years."
The fire brought a gathering of people interested in what was taking place; many of the residents commended the fire departments for their quick response time.
Pamela Bixman of Mineral Wells said she was walking home from the Dollar General on Elizabeth Pike when she smelled something burning. She said she noticed the smoke coming from the front of the residence and immediately knocked on the door to see if anyone was home.
"I just happened to see the smoke," she said. "It smelled like a grill out. I noticed the smoke and there was no grill."
Bixman said the fire started out fairly small, and when the homeowners rushed to the door to retrieve their dog, they said there was no smoke inside. However, in about 10 to 15 minutes the entire house was engulfed in flames, she said.
"I gave (the homeowner) my number and hope everything is OK," she added. "It was scary walking by and seeing something like that. I'm happy no one was (home)."
Parsons said the fact the fire was visible from the front of the house will make it easier for fire officials to track.