Documentary on deadly 2018 Texas apartment fire seeks to bring answers to victims’ families

  • Source: Texas Standard
  • Published: 07/15/2022 12:00 AM

Nearly four years ago, Brian Kyle “BK” Frizzell lost his sister, Haley Frizzell, and roommate David Angel Ortiz to a fire that was deliberately set at the Iconic Village Apartments in San Marcos. Haley, 19, was the youngest of five victims – along with Dru Estes, 20; Belinda Moats, 21; Ortiz, 21; and James Philip Miranda, 23 – who lost their lives on July 20, 2018. The still-unsolved case inspired BK to create “The Weight of Ashes,” a 73-minute documentary focusing on each victim’s family and BK’s best friend, Zachary Sutterfield, who suffered burns on 70% of his body and lost his hands. “When I was in the hospital one time visiting Zach, his mom started talking to me about maybe making a documentary about the whole thing, and at the time I humored her; I was like, ‘yeah, that might be a good idea.’ But really I was thinking, ‘there’s no way in hell I would ever do that,’” Frizzell said.


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