Firefighters confirmed Friday morning they have found three bodies inside an apartment after a fire raced through a Killeen apartment complex and left it destroyed.
Firefighters initially discovered two bodies inside an apartment where they believe the fire started, but about two hours later they reported finding another.
Fire Chief J.D. Gardner said just before 7 a.m. firefighters began a search of a downstairs apartment at Casa Tejas Apartments where they believe the fast-moving blaze started that then leveled the entire 24-unit, two-story complex.
None of the bodies had been identified and it was not known whether they were male or female, adults or children.
Gardner said a woman who was at the scene when the first units arrived told firefighters her mother and another woman had not been able to escape the flames.
Firefighters were sent just after midnight Friday morning to the 1300 block of North Gray Street where the first units on the scene reported the entire complex was ablaze and some residents were trapped.
Early reports indicated some residents were jumping from balconies to escape the blaze.
At one point 45 Killeen firefighters and 12 police officers were at the scene.
The whole complex was little more than rubble by 2 a.m.
By 3 a.m. firefighters had controlled the blaze to the point they could use ladders to access the upper floor and they were searching each apartment.
Killeen police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said at least two people were taken by ambulance from the scene to a local hospital but she was not able to say how badly they were injured.
Smith said 34 people were taken by bus from the scene to another shelter.
A News 10 reporter at the scene said the center of the complex is gutted and the rest of the building is heavily damaged.
Smith said the local chapter of the American Red Cross was on the way to assist displaced residents.
Police had all roadways in the area closed to traffic.