Texas Family’s Home Burns Down while they were Trying to Keep Warm Three Weeks After father Dies from Coronavirus

From left, Levi, Robert, Stephanie, Blake and Allison Rubio. Photo courtesy of GoFundMe

Stephanie Rubio and her three children have hardly had a chance to process her husband’s death, and they’re already suffering another heartbreak.

The family’s longtime home in Fort Davis, Texas went up in flames on Tuesday as they relied on firewood to fuel the fireplace and keep warm, per CNN’s Alisha Ebrahimji. The fire comes just three weeks after Stephanie’s husband, Robert, died Jan. 28 from COVID-19 pneumonia complications.

Rubio’s daughter Allison, 22, and 16-year-old son Blake were the only people home at the time of the fire, only making it out with the clothes on their backs, according to a GoFundMe. The mother and her 15-year-old son Levi were away at a nearby shop purchasing more firewood when she noticed the flames in the distance. It wasn’t until her son received a phone call she learned her home was the one beneath the smoke.

“We rushed up there to our house and it was just covered in smoke already,” Stephanie said, as reported by Ebrahimji. “My daughter ran out with a picture of her dad that we got from the funeral home, with no shoes or anything.”

While the Rubios aren’t the only Texans suffering, losing their home couldn’t have come at a worst time.

The males of the family, Levi, Blake and Robert, had all tested positive for the virus in quick succession. But Robert, who had borderline diabetes, never recovered.

“He kept telling us, ‘I’m fine, I’m fine,’ but we were worried,” Rubio recalled, as reported by Ebrahimji. “The last thing he said was, ‘We got this, we got this,’ and I kept saying, ‘OK, you’ve got this,’ but he just never came back.”

The family is still remaining positive, despite being forced to leave “love and fond memories” behind, as the home was deemed a total loss, as reported by Ebrahimji.

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SOURCE: USA TODAY, ShaCamree Gowdy