Two residents who helped others escape a burning building were the worst of those injured during a fire this weekend.

The blaze was reported about 3:40 a.m. Saturday in a two-story building housing four units in the 100 block of West Dunn Avenue in Killeen, officials said.

“There were only two citizens that looked like they were going to be admitted and possibly transferred to the burn unit,” said Fire Chief Jerry Gardner said. “One of the residents had a pretty severe burn on his arm. One had a severe burn on his back and neck.”

On Sunday, Gardner said he visited a firefighter who was transported to the hospital after having difficulty breathing while assisting with the fire.

“He’s doing great,” he said.

The cause of the fire was accidental and originated in the kitchen due to unattended cooking, Gardner said. “One (resident) got home and decided they wanted something to eat and fell asleep.”

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