Toddler Killed In House Fire

Neighbors in a north Corbin subdivision are joining their friends in grieving over 2 year old McKinzie Robinson, who died Monday morning in his bedroom. Officials say McKinzie's father, Bill, was in the other side of the house and tried a rescue by breaking the window with his hands. But it was too late. McKinzie didn't make it.

“Well I know Bill. And I know if there's anyway humanly possible he would try to save that child. He loved his children,” says neighbor Bonnie Farmer.

Officials pinpointed the ignition source to an electrical heating pad left on a bed in the master bedroom. Firefighters only had to travel a mile, enough time to prevent the home from burning down, but not enough time to save a young child’s life.

“West Knox Fire Dept. response was 4 minutes from time Laurel Dispatch was notified,” says Laurel County Public Safety Director Brian Reams.

Firefighters arrived to join a desperate, but wounded father, cut by glass when he broke his son's window to save the toddler, but it was too late.

“He was trying to do what a daddy was supposed to do. Save his baby,” says neighbor Elizabeth Watson.

Bill Robinson was treated and released by a local hospital.


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  • by c Location: fkt on Nov 6, 2007 at 05:36 AM
    I'll be praying for this family in their time of sorrow! That poor father, trying so hard to save his son and not being able to...only God knows his pain. May God wrap his arms around you and comfort you in your sorrow. Thank you firefighters for being there to assist this man when he needed you most! Great Job!
  • by PAT Location: KENTUCKY on Nov 5, 2007 at 09:08 PM
    THAT POOR BABY, THATS AN AWFUL WAY TO DIE, I'M SURE HE'S IN A MUCH HAPPIER PLACE NOW, AND HE'LL NEVER HURT AGAIN!
  • by Kay Location: London on Nov 5, 2007 at 05:51 PM
    Lord, Have mercy on this family My Prayers are with you I lost my Son 07-10-2005. I've had the worst time in the world please turn to the Lord in Pray.
  • by elizabeth Location: coribn on Nov 5, 2007 at 01:43 PM
    I just want to take the time to thank all the firefighters and other emergency personel for their unselfish acts of kindness in others time of need. I would like for everyone to remember the Robinson family @ their time of sorrow, also remember the firefighters, for they never know what they may face when the call comes in...
  • by me Location: ky on Nov 5, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    god bless this family in there time of loss

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