A fire in a downtown Killeen public apartment complex Friday ended in a total loss for the estimated 20 residents displaced by the blaze.
Residents reported flames bursting from the shared attic of the Killeen Housing Authority’s Moss Rose Homes, in the 1200 block of East Avenue E in Killeen, shortly before noon.
Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said no one was injured in the fire and no cause has been determined. The fire is under investigation.
“Most of the time (when) those fires start in a shared attic like that, it spreads like wildfire up there,” Smith said.
Maintenance personnel at the property evacuated the building before Killeen firefighters arrived.
Several fire trucks responded to the blaze, including a ladder truck that sprayed water on the roof of the complex from above.
Smith said neighboring buildings were evacuated as a precaution but were not damaged.
Moss Rose Homes is a housing property of around 145 units operated by Texas Public Housing, an extension of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The two-story burning building that caught fire contains five apartments with four bedrooms each. Smoke from the fire could be seen from around town.
The fire was mostly out by 1:30 p.m., but firefighters continued extinguishing hot spots.
The Red Cross is assisting those displaced by the blaze.