Toddler Dies in Corbin 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 wendy Location: manchester on Nov 12, 2007 at 02:51 PM
    I love you baby cuz and I'll miss you. R.I.P. Mckinzie God is with you now. never forget you.
  • by robinson sisters Location: cumberland ky on Nov 8, 2007 at 09:29 PM
    i pick up my grandchild monday at hunger hills school she came up to me &her dad said she was so hurtfor dawson her friend he loss his brother mckinzie her little heart was broken for her freind dawson she went to church that night with her cousin that night had the church pray for the robinson family i hope god bless them all the little boy mckinzie life has touch us all may god be with you all god bless
  • by janette Location: monticello on Nov 8, 2007 at 06:01 PM
    your family is in our prayers
  • by Crystal Location: Keavy KY on Nov 7, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    may god be with both of you, I'm sorry for you loss. when in need pray.
  • by Anonymous Location: morehead ky on Nov 7, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    i am sorry to hear this sadden news,God is with u all .
  • by Tina Location: ky on Nov 7, 2007 at 12:29 AM
    My heart aches for this family. I know what it feels like to have to bury your baby.My son died 22 yrs ago from sids. This is something this family will never get over. They will only learn to live the best way they can. If i had not had my Lord i would not be here today. It is with his grace that i have kept my peace of mind. No words or anything will give them no confort it can only be threw the Lord. I pray for Peace of mind and confort to this family. and I pray one day they realize God has prepared a place for them to all be together in heaven..May God Be With You All..
  • by destine Location: manchester on Nov 6, 2007 at 08:57 PM
    I love you mckinzie,,, love your sister destinie robinson you will be always in my heart
  • by Michelle on Nov 6, 2007 at 06:42 PM
    I can't believe this has happen to your family. I just have got to know you in the past weeks and the thoughts of this happening to your family breaks my heart. I wish i could make it better for you. I will be praying and asking god to give you comfort if that is possible.
  • by Trish& Christine Location: Bus 0405/Corbin on Nov 6, 2007 at 04:10 PM
    Lori, Bill, Skylar,& Dawson, our prayers are with you.. Our hearts grieve with you .. We are sooooooooooo sorry . May God wrap His BIG Loving arms around all of you . We love you all.
  • by Kimmie Bullis Location: Pineville on Nov 6, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with you guys in this time of tragedy. I am so sorry to hear about this especially to a great person like Bill. God has his arms around him and the rest of the family as well. You all will be together again just try to remember that even though I know it will be hard. I love you Bill. Kimmie Bullis
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