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:  


City of San Marcos Inspection reports