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The Latest: 5th body found in charred rubble of apartment

July 23, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the search for five people missing since a Texas apartment complex fire (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

Authorities have recovered a fifth body from the charred wreckage of a Central Texas apartment complex where a fire last week displaced about 200 people.

A statement issued by a spokesman for San Marcos, Texas, says the fifth body was recovered Monday. All five bodies have been sent to the medical examiner’s office in nearby Travis County for identification. The city statement says positive identification may take more than a week to establish.

The statement says no origin or possible cause of the fire has been identified so far, and officials say the investigation could take months.

Authorities had said five people were missing after the fire early Friday. They are James Miranda, Haley Frizzell, Belinda Moats, David Ortiz and Dru Estes.


1 p.m.

Authorities have recovered four bodies from the scene of an apartment complex fire in Texas that displaced about 200 people.

The investigation continues Monday into the blaze at two San Marcos apartment complexes located north of Texas State University. The city says the fire began early Friday and caused extensive damage to both apartment complexes.

The cause of the fire remains unknown, but authorities say dozens of officials were working the scene Monday morning.

City Fire Marshal Kelly Kistner says all four bodies were found in a single apartment building, which did not have sprinklers since it was built in 1970 and was code compliant when constructed. He says that search and recovery efforts at the scene will continue. Authorities had previously said five people were unaccounted for.

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