Mineral Wells Area News

Suspects ID’d in Fannin Fire

Suspects ID’d in Fannin Fire
November 18
14:13 2021

CAUSE OF OLD MINERAL WELLS HIGH SCHOOL FIRE FOUND TO BE ARSON: JUVENILE SUSPECTS IDENTIFIED

PRESS RELEASE:


MINERAL WELLS, TEXAS – On November 14, 2021, at approximate 6:38 PM, Mineral Wells Fire received a call from a passerby reporting visible fire at the old Mineral Wells High School, located 600 W. Hubbard Street, near downtown Mineral Wells. The passerby advised fire was evident on the upper floors of the abandoned school building and flames were beginning to show near the roofline of the structure. Mineral Wells Fire/EMS personnel responded and found volatile fire conditions were present and additional resources were summoned to the scene.


Fire departments from several surrounding agencies responded to assist, as fire teams battled the intense blaze. The fire attack quickly change to a defensive operation, as flames engulfed the century old structure. The fire was finally deemed under control a few hours later, although the structure was deemed a total loss. There were no fatalities or injuries recorded in this fire incident.


An immediate investigation into the cause and origin of the fire was begun after witness accounts reported suspicious activity in and around the structure immediately before the fire was first reported. Arson investigators determined the nature of the fire to be suspicious. In the follow-up investigation, investigators from the Mineral Wells Fire Department, Mineral Wells Police Department, along with technical assistance from the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office and U.S. Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Agency, aided in moving the investigation forward.

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