The City of San Marcos and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives today announced a substantially increased reward for tips leading to the arrest of the arsonist who set the deadly fire last summer at the Iconic Village Apartments near the campus of Texas State University, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.
"Today we announce that the reward is at $110,000," San Marcos Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner said.
Some of that money comes from the families of victims of the July 20, 2018 inferno, and $40,000 of it was donated by a San Marcos businessman.
The fire killed five young people, all between the ages of 19 and 23, and a sixth young victim has been in the burn unit of SAAMC in San Antonio since then.
Mike Woodell of the BATF, says he hopes the reward shakes loose the information that is needed.
"At this time we are one phone call away from having this investigation solved or move forward," he said.
He urged anybody with information to call the ATF on its anonymous tip line, 888-ATF-TIPS.
Kistner says one of the things that slowed down the investigation was the fact that the actual cause of the deadly fire was not known until November, four months after the fire.
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