Local Apartment Complex That Burned Violated Fire Codes

By: Christopher Shadrock Email
By: Christopher Shadrock Email
A local apartment building that burned in September killing two men and a woman and leaving dozens of other residents homeless was in violation of several current fire codes, a fire official says.


KILLEEN (October 1, 2012)--The Casa Tejas Apartments in Killeen were in violation of several fire codes when the complex burned in September, killing two men and a woman and leaving more than 30 other residents homeless, Killeen Fire Chief confirmed to News 10.

Pvt. Christopher Micheal Sroka, 21, of Findlay Ohio, Pfc. Seth Michael Soulsby, 19, of Mogadore, Ohio, and Kristy R. Moncrief, 33, died in the fire.

Their bodies were all found in the apartment in which it appears the fast-moving fire that leveled the 24-unit complex started.

Killeen Fire Chief Jerry Garner said although the complex was built to code in 1974, today the complex would not have passed inspection.

The complex hadn’t had a fire inspection since it was built in the 1970s, which is legal because had not undergone any remodeling that cost more than 50% of its value.

The fire was reported just after midnight Sept. 14 at the complex in the 1300 block of North Gray Street.

The first crews on the scene reported that the entire complex was in flames and that some residents were trapped.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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