5 still unaccounted for after San Marcos apartment complex fire that left 200-plus without a home

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City of San Marcos officials said Saturday morning five people remain unaccounted for after a Friday fire destroyed 110 apartments and left more than 200 people without a home.

The five are:

James Miranda

Haley Frizzell

Belinda Moats

David Ortiz

Dru Estes

The city has asked anyone with information on the whereabouts of the five listed to call a special information hotline at 512-754-2291 as soon as possible. They were believed to be in apartments before the fire was reported at 4:27 a.m. Friday at the Iconic Village and Village Pads Apartments, north of the Texas State University campus.

Residents asked to remove cars

The San Marcos Fire Department is asking residents of Iconic Village Apartments to move their cars out of the parking lot as soon as possible.

The city of San Marcos said a police officer will be at the corner of Clark and Cardinal streets to allow access to the parking lot. The city is contacting the owners of the cars to relay instructions.

Investigation delayed until Sunday

The investigation and any search and recovery efforts, led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, will not begin until Sunday morning due to dangerous hotspots and unstable conditions, the city reported.

City appreciates support

The city of San Marcos on its website thanked the community in an update Saturday morning.

“We know that this is an unsure and stressful time for the residents of San Marcos, and we are amazed at the outpouring of love and support displayed in the community,” the city Facebook posting said. “We appreciate the respect and compassion that you have shown to the friends and family of those affected by the fires and we ask that you continue to do so. We will continue to update you with information as it comes in.”

Community Impact Newspaper will continue to update donation opportunities for the victims.

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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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