CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: [UPDATE] Pastor Mark Robinette, Founding Elder and Vocational Pastor, Foundation Church, Mount Sterling, Ohio Pastor and 2 Sons under 18 Years Killed in House Fire, Cause of Fire Still Unknown [#PastorMarkRob #MarkRobinette #PastorMarkRobinette #PastorRobinette #FoundationChurchOhio]
The State Fire Marshal’s Office is still investigating the cause of the Tuesday morning fire that killed a Pickaway County pastor and two of his sons.
The fire broke out at 12:20 ET Tuesday at the Robinette family’s house on the 11000 block of Ballah Road in Orient.
8 fire departments rushed to assist extinguish the fire in the 2-story residence.
Mark Robinette, 55, and his 2 boys, Gideon, 17, and Liam, 10, died in the fire.
Robinette served as the vocational pastor of Foundational Church in Mount Sterling and was actively interested in missionary work in Southeast Asia, notably Myanmar.
The fire marshal’s office stated in a news statement Wednesday that there are no signs of foul play in the incident, but the cause has yet to be identified.
An investigation is underway by the Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau, along with the Pickaway County Sheriff’s office and the Pickaway County Coroner’s office.
Family members said Robinette was able to get his wife and 2 of his 8 children out of the home.
Relatives said he, Liam and Gideon, were found together in one of the home’s bedrooms.
An online fundraiser has been set up to assist Robinette’s widow and 6 surviving children.
FACEBOOK POST BY PAUL ROBINETT, BROTHER OF MARK ROBINETTE: https://www.facebook.com/paulrobinett/posts/10168950117635352
Last night around midnight, my brother Mark Robinette lost his life trying to save the lives of two of his children. A fire broke out in the house. Mark was able to get Andrea and two children who were sleeping upstairs out of the house to safety, but when he tried to rescue the other two children who were still in their bedrooms upstairs, they all perished in the fire. Please keep his wife Andrea Trapani Robinette and the children in your prayers.
My brother Mark Robinette did so much for so many. Thank you.
GOFUND ME PAGE: ‘Tragic fire takes three lives, family home lost”: https://gofund.me/9ce2e237
“Last night on Jan 22, around midnight one of our dear friend’s and former pastor here in Ohio Mark Robinette lost his life trying to save the lives of two of his children Gideon age 17 and Liam age 10.
A fire broke out in the house. Mark was able to get his wife Andrea and two children who were sleeping upstairs out of the house to safety. When he tried to rescue the other two children who were still in their bedrooms upstairs, all 3 perished in the fire.
Their house and all of their belongings were completely destroyed, and it is the dead of winter. They are left with the night clothes they were wearing and their vehicle and that is all.
If you can find it in your heart to give monetarily to this sweet family to get them back on their feet, any and all donations are appreciated.
Gofundme information is listed here in this posting.
But by the grace of God, it could’ve been any of our families. Thank you kindly.”
Mark Robinette, 55, a vocational pastor at Foundation Church in Mount Sterling, Ohio and 2 of his sons, both under 18 Years, ages 10 and 17, were killed in the fire.
The incident was reported about 12:30 AM on the 11000 block of Ballah Road, also known as Township Road 159, near Orient in Pickaway County, Ohio.
Other people were injured in the fire.
A spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Commerce stated that an investigation is underway to ascertain the cause of the incident.
The inquiry is being led by the state’s Bureau of Fire and Explosion inquiry.
Mark Robinette, the founding elder and vocational pastor, started the church in 2000.
He and his wife Andrea, have 8 children.
Mark has been in the ministry for 23 years.
Pastor Robinette fills the pulpit most Sundays, teaches regular Bible studies and works as the day to day pastor of the church.
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