Four months later, these images still get me. Here’s what remains of the San Marcos complex that caught fire this summer. Five were killed. Today, officials announced it was purposely set. https://t.co/o2INwD5rPu pic.twitter.com/StX8Gv5j3n— Nick Natario (@NickABC13) November 30, 2018
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and San Marcos Fire Department announced there is now a criminal investigation into the Iconic Village Apartment fire.
‘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
Authorities announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the people responsible.
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The apartment caught fire on July 20 killing five people, including Pasadena native, David Ortiz.
Nearly 200 were displaced by the fire. Many of them were Texas State University students.
The complex housed college students, but it was not an on-campus housing unit. The facility was built in 1970, and didn't have sprinklers.
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San Marcos officials said the complex wasn't required to have sprinklers when it was built. In July, firefighters didn't know if smoke detectors in the building were working, or when the last time they were inspected.
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