By Camelia Juarez
A fire at Iconic Village apartments has left at least 200 people displaced and six people in the hospital in unknown conditions.
The first call about the fire was made at 4:27 a.m. and it is unknown at this time how the fire began or the extent of the damage, according to Fire Marshall Kelly Kisstner.
Kisstner says fire operations are on-going at scene and once the fire is put out a full investigation will be completed and be released later.
There are 110 units affected, both in buildings from Iconic Village and Vintage pad. Buildings five and three were affected at Iconic Village and Vintage pad was slightly damaged due to proximity.
Tenanet Darryl Demps and his roommate Nathan Sing were awakened by their neighbor banging on the door to get them out. When they opened the door it looked as if their apartment was going to be in flames next.
“I stepped outside and everything to my left was in flames,” said Demps.
Bobbi Yanoviak was also among those who woke up to banging on the door
“I woke up to sirens, screaming and glass shattering. Then there was banging on the door and it was a cop,” said Yanoviak.
The roommates watched people jump from the second floor to avoid flames.
“People were jumping down and people on the top were dropping dogs to catch on them on the ground,” said Sing.
Several of the people injured in the off-campus apartment fire have been confirmed as TXST students. The Dean of Students Office & Residential Life are working on support services for these students during this difficult time. We will share updates as information is available.
— Texas State University (@txst) July 20, 2018
Temporary shelters will be provided at the San Marcos Activity center at 501 E Hopkins st. where they will provide food, water and begin making hotel arrangements for those displaced. The Central Texas Medical Center is providing meals for those displaces. Pets can be taken to the Animal Shelter for food and any lost pets.
For those seeking information about those affected by the fire can call the hotline, 512-754-2291. To donate go to The Blanco River Regional Recovery Team at br3t.org click donate and in the comments write ‘Iconic’.
More information will be provided on the six people in the hospital soon.
Featured image by Joyana Richer.