SAN MARCOS, Texas — Central Texas is stepping up to help the victims of last Friday's apartment fire in San Marcos.
Five bodies have been recovered from the complex, and at least 200 people lost their homes.
The City of San Marcos on Tuesday opened a resource center for those affected by the fire at the San Marcos Activity Center. It will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
Several organizations are helping those affected, including the City of San Marcos, the American Red Cross, Central Texas Food Bank and the Austin Disaster Relief Network.
Ulises Luna is a resident of the Iconic Village apartments and he went to the resource center Tuesday. Fortunately he is OK; he was with his parents in Houston at the time of the fire but said his stuff is likely ruined.
"I looked at it and I was like, 'Oh wow,” he said. “Like, it's bad. Like, oh my God."
Those are the moments he found out his apartment was on fire.
"I'm like, just worried about it,” he said. “I don't know. Can I see, can I go in? I want to see is there stuff in there?”
The Texas State University environmental engineering major suspects his clothes, shoes, bed and books are gone.
He picked up groceries, hygiene items and paperwork from the center.
"This is a traumatic experience,” said Chris Reighley with the Austin Disaster Relief Network. "So, providing the emotional and spiritual care, which is really allowing the students to talk about their feelings, what they saw, what they're worried about, that's a big deal.”
Also in San Marcos, the Chick-fil-A on I-35 is collecting toiletries and clothes, coordinated by its marketing director.
“As soon as something happens, we're there,” said Dakota Hamilton, with Chick-fil-A. “The entire community like stands together. We’re a family. No matter what. We may not know each other but we're there for each other."
The City of San Marcos is asking you to give monetary donations for the victims through the Blanco River Regional Recovery Team at br3t.org.
Online, Texas State University has raised more than $38,000 in emergency relief for its students.
It is all to help those like Luna, who remembers to keep it all in perspective.
“I'm like, OK, it burned but you can get it back,” said Luna. “You can get it again. No matter what. It's fine.”
For Texas State students affected by the fire who want to apply for emergency funds, click here.