Stephanie Rubio and her three children have hardly had a chance to process her husband’s death, and they’re already suffering another heartbreak.
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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.
“We’re a strong family and we’re doing good,” Rubio told Ebrahimji. “Well, we were doing good and then of course the fire had just happened on Tuesday, and it just broke our heart again. You know, we lost the home that had all of our memories with him in it.”
The Rubios were among millions of Texans who suffered a power outage as freezing temperatures took over the state. The Weather Channel reported at least two dozen deaths across the state have been connected to the winter weather, with residents having to resort to drastic measures to generate warmth.
The GoFundMe set up in the family’s honor has raised more than $150,000 of its $250,000 goal.
Source : chron.com