Agencies, Texas State University and community step up to help victims of San Marcos apartment complex fire

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There are several ways to donate to help the victims of Friday’s fire at Iconic Village and Vintage Pads apartments. Officials said 110 apartments were destroyed, leaving more than 200 residents without homes. Five people were unaccounted for and three bodies were recovered during search and recovery operations Sunday morning.

The San Marcos community has collected items all weekend for the victims of the fire.

“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of those affected by this tragedy,” the city of San Marcos said in a release Sunday afternoon. “We ask that the community continues to show the love and support they have demonstrated so far, and respect the privacy of family members.”

Several churches and community groups have taken up donations for the victims of the fire. Some of those include:

– The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team is taking donations at www.br3t.org. Click donate and enter the word “iconic” in the comments.

– Westover Baptist Church has served as a family assistance center and has helped victims with food, medical needs, counseling, finances and housing assistance. The church is at 1310 Advance St., San Marcos. For more information, visit www.westoverbaptistchurch.com.

– The American Red Cross Disaster Action Team was in place Friday helping victims with selter, food and emotional assistance. Donations are welcome at www.redcross.org/donate.

– The Salvation Army was helping near the scene of the fire on Friday and continues to work to find housing and provide clothing and other items to displaced residents. The San Marcos office is collecting for the victims at 300 S. CM Allen Parkway, Ste. 100 or visit www.salvationarmytexas.org.

– The San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter will provide free temporary safekeeping for pets owned by residents displaced by the fire. The shelter is located at 750 River Road, San Marcos. Donations of dry dog, kitten and cat food are appreciated. More information is available by calling 512-805-2650.

– The Texas State University Office of Safety & Emergency Communications announced several programs available to students impacted by the fire. The university has information about student emergency services, emergency funds, housing referrals, counseling and donations to the student emergency fund. More information is available at http://safety.txstate.edu/emergency-communications.html.

– Students displaced by the fire that need assistance from Texas State University can contact the non-emergency number for the police, 512-245-2805, and will be forwarded to a staff member from Student Emergency Services.

– The Austin Disaster Network, which includes a network of more than 175 area churches, is collecting funds to distribute gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and other items to the victims of the fire. The group said it is working closely with Hays County, the Red Cross and BR3T. More information is available at www.adrn.org/give and donate to the general disaster relief fund.

Resource center will open for displaced residents

The city of San Marcos will host a resource center for all residents of the Iconic Village Apartments and buildings L and M of Vintage Pads Apartments on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins. Organizations will be on site to answer questions and provide information on assistance programs available to residents affected by the fire. The media will not be allowed access to the center.

Press conference set Monday morning

Investigators will conduct a press conference at 10 a.m. Monday to provide an update on the recovery operations and investigation into the fire. Community Impact Newspaper will report information from the conference.

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Joe Warner
Joe Warner is managing editor of the nine Austin-Central Texas editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as senior editor of the flagship Round Rock, Pflugerville and Hutto newspaper. He came to Central Texas from Metro Detroit, where he was editor and general manager of several daily and weekly publications. He is the former president of the Michigan Press Association and was on the MPA board of directors for nine years.
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