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Posted: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 4:30 am

A Killeen apartment building burst into flames Monday night, fueled by cold winds. The fire threatened to spread to other apartments and a nearby residential neighborhood.

“It’s a major fire,” said Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith, who was at the scene of the blaze at the 500 block of West Central Texas Expressway, overlooking U.S. Highway 190.

Officials said the fire began in one of the dozens of buildings that make up Stone Hill apartment complex, and rescue crews evacuated that building along with two others. No injuries were reported, and all 12 residents of the destroyed building were accounted for, said KPD spokeswoman Ofelia Miramontez.

The initial call came in at 6:21 p.m. The fire started in a downstairs apartment and quickly spread to a pair of upstairs apartments, Miramontez said.

Dozens of firefighters responded and were still battling the blaze at 9 p.m.

The Killeen Community Center was opened as a shelter for those displaced by the fire, and the Red Cross was offering aid.

Officials said the cause of the fire is unknown.

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