July 2018 Apartment Fire
Resources, assistance, and updates on investigation
Assistance and donations
Donations may be made to the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team at www.br3t.org, clicking “Donate,” and entering the word “Iconic” in the comments. The City is not accepting material donations, such as clothes and home goods.
Resources for Texas State University Students
Texas State University has announced several programs and funds available to students who have been affected by the fire. Information has been emailed to all students, faculty and staff and is posted online at http://safety.txstate.edu/emergency-communications.html. Students needing assistance after hours can contact the non-emergency number for University Police at 512.245.2805, and they will be forwarded to a staff member from Student Emergency Services.
Security and access to site
Aug. 24, 2018 update: Access to the site is restricted due to safety concerns regarding the structural integrity of the building and the presence of asbestos, as well as to protect the integrity of ongoing investigations. The property's insurance company is now in control of the site, and all inquires should be directed to their legal counsel:
Jennifer D. Akre
Hartline, Dacus, Barger & Dryer
(713) 951-4108 Office
Status of investigation
The San Marcos Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announced that they have ruled the fire was intentionally set and ATF is offering up to a $10,000 reward for information leading to identification and/or arrests.
People with information on the suspect or suspects responsible for setting this fire should call 1-888-ATF-TIPS or email ATFTips@atf.gov.
Through the course of the investigation it was determined that battery-powered smoke alarms, compliant with Texas Property Code 92.255, were installed within individual apartments. Reference: Texas Property Code 92.255; amended on 7/18/2015.
Fire and Building Codes
The City of San Marcos uses the International Code Council Codes, found online at: