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San Marcos Fire Department firefighters sprayed water from a department bucket truck onto the roof of Building 500 at Iconic Village on Friday, June 20, 2018 Daily Record file photo

Case remains open in Iconic Village fire as anniversary approaches

Friday, July 19, 2019

As the one year anniversary approaches, the investigation into the Iconic Village fire remains open. 

Saturday marks one year since five people were killed and several others were injured in the blaze that occurred at 222 Ramsay St. Authorities are still searching for answers and continue to ask the public to provide any additional information. 

“The investigation is on-going and continues to be actively worked,” Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said. “We frequently receive new leads and information; all of which are followed-up on until exhausted. Although no specific suspect has been identified, the investigative team is confident the case can and will be solved.”

On July 20, 2018, a large blaze broke out at the Iconic Village apartments. James Phillip Miranda, 23, David Angel Ortiz, 21, Belinda Moats, 21, Dru Estes, 20, and Haley Frizzell, 19, died in the fire. Seven were injured in the fire, including Zachary Sutterfield, 21, who is continuing to recover at San Antonio Military Medical Center. 

The San Marcos Fire Department and Houston Field Division of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced on Nov. 30, 2018 that the fire was started intentionally and the deaths had been ruled homicides. 

“We can never replace the young lives lost in this tragedy or alleviate the life-changing struggle that Zach has faced since that day, but we can continue to work diligently to solve this crime and appeal to the public for assistance in achieving this goal,” Fire Chief Les Stephens said. 

ATF is offering a reward up to $10,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the person, or persons, involved in the crime. Those with any information are asked to call 888-ATF-TIPS (283-8477).

Editor's note: Sunday's edition of the Daily Record will provide additional coverage of the Iconic Village fire one year anniversary.

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