Cabin fire sends man to hospital

WALKER – The name of a man sent to the hospital on Monday around 8 p.m. after a structure fire is still unknown, but officials are saying another man was transported to Marietta Memorial for smoke inhalation after the scene unfolded at the Walker residence.

“He was transported to the hospital,” Lt. Phillip Naegele with the East Wood Volunteer Fire Department said of the homeowner of the Oak Grove Road home.

Naegele did not know the identity of the man, but he said he had a way of contacting him to further the investigation. He said another man was taken to the hospital at the scene, possibly the son of the homeowner.

“It was more of an electrical fire,” Naegele said. “(Firefighters) found a pattern where the fire started, where an air conditioner was, somewhere around that plug was the stove.”

He said early reports indicated the blaze was the result of a cooking fire, but fire investigators now believe it was electrical in nature.

Naegele said the fire was difficult to battle, because a metal/tin roof fell onto the structure leaving hot spots underneath. He said the rubble caught fire late Monday night around midnight again.

“Once (the roof) collapsed it buried everything,” Naegele said. “Parts of it gave way so there was no way to get inside.”

He said firefighters are hoping to talk to the homeowner in the next few days to find out if he may know what caused the blaze.

The Mineral Wells and Deerwalk Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the fire.