Escaping the deadly San Marcos fire
SAN MARCOS - Early Friday morning, Jackson King awoke to the sound of breaking glass at the Iconic Village Apartments. He immediately thought someone was burglarizing his home.
One glance, however, told him it was far worse than a break-in: The ceiling of his ground-floor apartment was already cloaked in smoke.
“My roommate ran to open the front door. Nothing but fire. He flung the door shut because of the heat and smoke,” he said.
King, 22, felt like he was suffocating. He dropped to the floor, and with his roommate, crawled beneath the smoke to a bedroom window and to safety.
The early Friday fire at two aging apartment complexes, owned by the same company and long used by Texas State University students, left five people missing and presumed dead.
Another 200 people were displaced, as both the Iconic Village Apartments and the Vintage Pad Apartments, were damaged. Investigators have yet to determine a cause of the blaze
On Tuesday, King was among several dozen residents who came to the San Marcos Activity Center for help that ranged from simple things like food to complicated issues like replacing drivers licenses and getting counseling.
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