2 people killed and 4 others injured when flames sweep through house in Center Point

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CENTER POINT, Alabama — Two people were killed and four others injured when flames swept through a house in Center Point early Sunday morning, authorities said.

The man and the woman died after the fire broke out around 6:45 a.m. Sunday, Al.com reported (http://bit.ly/1Fm6JtA ).

A total of seven people were inside the home when the fire started, and at least one of them jumped from a window to escape the blaze, authorities said. Center Point and Birmingham firefighters rushed into the house and rescued the others, Al.com reported.

The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, officials said.

"Our guys had to knock the fire down in the living room and go in and rescue the victims," Center Point Fire Chief Donnie West said. "They were all in different parts of the house."

Three of the survivors were taken to UAB Hospital's Trauma and Burn Unit, where one was in critical condition with life-threatening injuries, West said. The other two people at that hospital were in stable condition.

Another survivor was taken to St. Vincent's Hospital and was in stable condition.

Investigators said they did not yet know what caused the blaze.

"The first five minutes were pretty hectic," West said. "Our guys did an outstanding job, but you've still got two fatalities. That's the awful thing about it."

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