Officials Confirm Pasadena Man Is One of The Victims of Fire at San Marcos Apartments

The San Marcos Fire Marshal’s Office, in conjunction with ATF and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, continue the investigation

The City of San Marcos has confirmed that David Ortiz, 21, of Pasadena, is one of the victims from the fire that occurred last week in San Marcos.

David Ortiz, a 21 year-old man from Pasadena is one of the four identified victims from the fire that happened last week at a San Marcos apartment complex. San Marcos is located 30 miles south of Austin.

Besides Ortiz, Haley Michele Frizzell, 19, of San Angelo, and Dru Estes, 20, of San Antonio, and James Miranda, 24, of Mount Pleasant, are the other three victims the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified so far, the City of San Marcos said in a news release.

Ortiz, Frizzell and Estes were students at Texas State University.

Belinda Moats, 22, of Big Wells, is still listed as missing, according to the news release.

The five victims were found in building 500 at Iconic Village apartments. City officials have been in constant communication with family members since Friday, July 20.

The San Marcos Fire Marshal's Office, in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team and the State Fire Marshal's Office, will continue investigation operations at the scene throughout the week.

Once the scene has been processed and cleanup efforts begin, the investigation could continue for months.



Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz

Alvaro 'Al' Ortiz

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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