FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (KXAN) — First responders found two people dead inside a Fredericksburg apartment where a fire occurred early Sunday morning.
Firefighters and police officers were called to reports of smoke at the Ten19 Apartments on Friendship Lane at about 5:10 a.m.
On arrival, crews located the scene of the fire at an apartment on the second floor of Building 2. After firefighters had made the scene safe for entry, first responders discovered two people deceased inside the department, according to the Fredericksburg Police Department. The Texas Fire Marshal’s Office was also called to the scene and is “actively investigating the crime,” the police department wrote on Facebook.
This afternoon, the department posted on Facebook again, saying the two victims had been identified and their next of kin had been notified.
A family member tells KXAN one of the victims was a teenager.
Neighbors at the complex were shaken up and emotional about this incident, also saying that they believed the victims were “young.”
Residents in Building 2 said they woke up to a knock on their door at around 5 a.m. telling them to evacuate due to a fire in their building. The residents KXAN spoke with said the one apartment where the fire happened was the only apartment that sustained damage or had a smoke alarm going off.
“I didn’t even think it was really a big fire, I thought it was, you know, maybe a little bit of smoke or something,” said James Kutz who evacuated Sunday morning after he woke up to a knock at his door.
He explained that it was only later on in the day that two people were found deceased in one of the apartments above him.
“I didn’t know anything about all of that nobody knew about what was going on up there either,” Kutz said of the apartment where the fire happened.
He said rumors have already started to swirl in the community about what might have led to these deaths, but he is not sure what is true.
“I really don’t know everything that went on, all I know was that it was pretty tragic.”
The State Fire Marshal’s office confirmed to KXAN Sunday that they are assisting the Fredericksburg Police Department with this investigation. The office said because this is still an active investigation, they can’t share more details on this incident yet.