Community helping San Marcos apartment fire victims

The nearly 200 people without a place to live after the deadly San Marcos apartment fire are now beginning the process of moving forward and they're not doing it alone.

One of the groups helping are members of the First Baptist NBC church located at 420 S. Mitchell Street. It's started collecting clothes, toiletries, appliances and even furniture to help those displaced. With the help of The Salvation Army and other locations a donation site has been set up.

For more information about monetary donations and other information you can go here.

Texas State University has also set up a fund to help affected students.

The city is also hosting a resource center at the San Marcos Activity Center for residents where more than a dozen organizations are on site to answer questions and give information. It's open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Resources available include:

  • The Red Cross: Processing claims for possible assistance
  • Austin Disaster Relief Network: Gift Card Assistance
  • Texas State University Dean of Students Office: Assisting with Off-Campus Living
  • City of San Marcos Electric Utilities Division: Assisting with Utilities
  • San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter: Assistance with pet food, supplies and information pertaining to missing pets
  • Blanco River Regional Recovery Team-BR3T: Gift Cards Available
  • Salvation Army: Gift Cards Available and providing a free lunch
  • Chaplains will be on hand for spiritual support
  • Texas State Counseling Center
  • Hill Country MHDD Centers
  • Central Texas Food Bank: Toiletry and dry goods boxes
  • Texas DPS: Replacing lost drivers licenses
  • The Bike Cave: Assisting with bike replacement

San Marcos officials say no additional victims were found and that search and recovery teams have completed searching the remaining buildings at the Iconic Village and Vintage Park Apartments.

Five bodies had been recovered but have not officially been identified. Officials say that could take more than week. The five residents that have been reported missing are:

  • James Miranda
  • Haley Frizzell
  • Belinda Moats
  • David Ortiz
  • Dru Estes