Robinson house fire

The remains of a Robinson home are wrapped in caution tape Thursday afternoon after an early morning fire destroyed the structure. Fire officials said no one was injured in the fire.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson

A family of 12 lost their Robinson home in a fire early Thursday morning, Robinson Volunteer Fire Chief Gerald Groppe said.

Fire crews were called to the 1600 block of Sunset Road shortly before 3 a.m., when a passerby saw flames coming from a nearby neighborhood and called authorities. Groppe said flames could be seen from several miles away as firefighters arrived. No one was in the home at the time.

“By the time we got over there, the whole roof was on fire,” Groppe said. “It was basically a complete loss from the start.”

A natural gas line appeared to be damaged in the fire and caused difficulty for firefighters, Groppe said.

“The fire had burnt into a gas line, so we had some issues fighting the fire at first,” he said. “We had to stand back and let that get taken care of, and all we could do was fight it from a distance.”

Atmos Energy arrived at the home and cut gas to the property. No one was injured during firefighting efforts.

Groppe said a couple and their 10 children lived at the home but were not there when the fire started. The American Red Cross is helping the family with emergency needs.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation Thursday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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