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5 deaths in huge Texas apartment fire ruled homicide, no suspects named

connectVideoApartment building fire near Texas State University campus left six injured, affected more than 200 people in July

Mobile phone footage captured by a fire that spread to several buildings near the campus of Texas State University, leaving at least six injured and more than 200 people affected by the fires.

A Texas apartment fire in July of that left five people dead was intentional, and the deaths were officially ruled homicides, authorities said Tuesday.

The victim, a 21-year-old Belinda Canals, 19-year-old Haley Frizzell, the 21-year-old David Ortiz, a 20-year-old Dru Estes and the 23-year-old James Miranda – died of thermal injuries, Hays County Justice of the Peace Maggie Moreno said.

Inhalation of combustible products was also a cause of death for Canals, Estes and Miranda, ” she said.

All the victims were on the second floor of Building 500 on the Iconic Village Apartments in San Marcos on July 20, when the fire broke out, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Ortiz and Frizzell were in the same apartment of 20-year-old Zachary Sutterfield, who survived the fire. However, Sutterfield suffered a traumatic brain injury and third degree burns to approximately 70 percent of his body and remains in the hospital, according to the newspaper.

Autopsy reports were sealed because of the ongoing investigation, FOX7, Austin, reported.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigators announced last month the fire was intentionally set. No suspects or motives have been identified.

Gina Ortiz, the mother of David Ortiz, told the Express-News she wants justice for the victims.

“The worst possible scenario, the worst thing we can suspect turned out to be true,” she wrote in a message to the newspaper. “No one deserved this. We hope and pray that someone will come up with the information to bring justice for all of our children who died in such a tragic way…They deserve the judgment.”

A $10,000 reward was offered to anyone with information leading to the arrest or conviction in the fire.

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