An apartment complex fire in Texas that killed a Pasadena native, David Ortiz, is still under investigation as police found new evidence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and the San Marcos Fire Department jointly issued a recent statement saying that there is a now criminal investigation into this Iconic Village Apartment fire. Authorities are now saying that this fire was intentionally set and is offering a $10,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the people responsible.
If you have any information, authorities are asking that you call 1-888-ATF-TIPS.
‘THIS IS A CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION NOW.’ @ATFHou said the deadly San Marcos was intentionally set. Offering a $10,000 reward leading to an arrest. Watch live here —-> https://t.co/Er7ngfxhsU pic.twitter.com/5q5YkZcQWp
— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) November 30, 2018
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A horrific fire erupted in iconic village this morning. Roughly around 4am residents woke up to screams. Brave neighbors waking each other up trying to save themselves, most of them opening their front doors to thick clouds and red brightness. Fires consumed building 500 in minutes, provoking 2nd story residents to find another way out of their apartments. Pushed to the edge, they jumped from the second story window, a few unfortunate victims broke their ankles in the process. There was one person on fire, no further details have been released. Firefighters are still at the scene helping victims out. And still fighting some fires that spread over to the 300 building. Despite this horrific event, we will prove our love and bring the tight nit community that we are. We cannot let our san martian people down. There will be benefit concerts every sunday of August from 2-6 at The Porch to help the victims out from this horrific fire. Our friends who lost their belongings. #love #instagood #photooftheday #happy #musician #sanmarcos #musicismylife #beautiful #cute #fashion #likeforlikes #art #artist #friends #photography #photo #life #instamood
An inferno at the Iconic Village that claimed 5 victims on July 20th, 2018 is set to be further investigated. The victims to this fire were James Miranda, Haley Frizzel, Belinda moats, David Ortiz, and Dru Estes, many of them being students of Texas State University.
The reason why the fire raged on so quickly and intensely was that the complex that housed that housed those college students was an old facility that was built in the 1970s and did not have any sprinklers built in them. During that time, it wasn’t required by law to have sprinklers installed. However, when firefighters investigated the site, they questioned whether smoke detectors in the building were working, or even when they were last inspected according to ABC 13.
The fire also injured seven people including one who suffered critical injuries.
Nearly 200 people were also displaced and found solace at the San Marcos Activity Center during the fire.