SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Officials with the City of San Marcos increased the reward for information on the suspect behind the 2018 fire at the Iconic Village Apartments from $10,000 to $110,000.
On Friday San Marcos Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner held a press conference alongside the Houston Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to announce the increase.
“You’re a 100% coward if you set the fire and you haven’t come forward,” Kistner said.
ATF contributed $25,000, another $25,000 came from the City of San Marcos, San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and its membership pitched in $10,000, The Ortiz and Frazell family (both of whom lost loved ones in the fire) pitch in $10,000 and a donor who is only identified as someone from in the business community gave $40,000.
Officials hope this reward increase will result in information that will lead to an arrest.
The Iconic Village Apartment Fire occurred on July 20, 2018 and killed five people. Seven people were hurt, including one who was in critical condition.
The person or persons who allegedly stared this fire could face five chargers of murder if convicted.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the San Marcos Fire Department set an initial reward of $10,000 in November 2018, four months after the fire.
“The investigation is ongoing and continues to be actively worked,” said Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner. “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.”
Anyone with information on the fire is asked to call (888) 283-8477.