Residents Forced To Jump From Windows Of Burning Local Apartment

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KILLEEN (April 26, 2014) Eight residents and a firefighter were taken to local hospitals early Saturday morning after fire broke out in an apartment building in Killeen that forced some tenants to jump from second-floor windows.

The fire was reported at around 3:45 a.m. Saturday in a two-story building housing four units at the complex at 103 West Dunn Ave. in Killeen

The first crews on the scene reported flames and heavy smoke.

Firefighters attacked the flames and searched the building to make sure all of the residents got out, Fire Chief Jerry Gardner said.

The fire was under control within about 30 minutes and was out in about an hour, although firefighters remained on the scene through the early morning hours, Gardner said.

Eight residents were taken to Metroplex Hospital in Killeen with non-life-threatening first- and second-degree burns and traumatic injuries, Gardner said.

Three or four others were treated for minor injuries at the scene.

A firefighter who was having difficulty breathing was taken to Seton Medical center for observation, Gardner said, but will be OK.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.