Ohio Pastor and his two sons, aged 17 and 10, die ‘holding onto each other’ after he saved his wife and other four children from house fire

An Ohio pastor died along with his two sons in a tragic house fire after saving his wife and two other children from the fire.

Mark Robinette (55) jumped back into the burning house after he realized that his two sons Gideon (17) and Liam (10) were still trapped inside.

The three never made it out and were discovered “holding each other,” the pastor’s cousin Haley McGuire wrote in a Facebook post.

Fire departments were dispatched to the family’s home in Pickaway County, about 19 miles from Columbus, around 12:22 a.m. Tuesday.

The cause of the fire is still unknown, but investigators said there was “no indication of foul play,” according to a press release.

“Three remarkable people and there’s a hole in the world without them,” said Mark’s brother-in-law Geoffery Trapini WBNS-TV.

Mark Robinette died along with his two sons Liam and Gideon in a house fire early Tuesday morning in Pickaway County, Ohio.  In the photo: Mark (55) and his son Liam (10).

Mark Robinette died along with his two sons Liam and Gideon in a house fire early Tuesday morning in Pickaway County, Ohio. In the photo: Mark (55) and his son Liam (10).

The father and pastor ran back into the fire after he managed to save his wife and two of their children.  In the photo: Mark and his son Gideon, 17

The father and pastor ran back into the fire after he managed to save his wife and two of their children. In the photo: Mark and his son Gideon, 17

Fire departments were dispatched to the family's home in Pickaway County, about 19 miles from Columbus, around 12:22 a.m. Tuesday.  The cause of the fire is being investigated

Fire departments were dispatched to the family’s home in Pickaway County, about 19 miles from Columbus, around 12:22 a.m. Tuesday. The cause of the fire is being investigated

Trapini revealed that Mark managed to save the rest of his family by pushing them out of a window before running back home.

The rest of the family is currently staying in a hotel and a memorial has been arranged outside the charred home, WBNS-TV reported.

‘His wife and six other children are now without anything. They lost everything in the fire, including phones,’ McGuire said in her post.

Mark and his wife Andrea raised eight children together – six biological and two adopted.

Liam was remembered as a sweet boy who was ‘loved by everyone’, while Gideon was preparing to go to university and had dreams of working in the ministry like his father.

Gideon also enjoyed reading the bible, learning Spanish, working in the sound booth at his church, and poetry.

“He was a passionate seeker of truth with an infectious grin that lit up any room he entered,” his obituary said.

Liam loved animals, playing checkers, drawing and sending letters to his grandmother.

Mark shared a total of eight children with his wife Andrea (centre).  Two of the eight were adopted

Mark shared a total of eight children with his wife Andrea (centre). Two of the eight were adopted

Several GoFundMe pages have been created to raise money for the family as Mark's wife and six other children plan to rebuild their home.  In the photo: Mark with his wife Andrea

Several GoFundMe pages have been created to raise money for the family as Mark’s wife and six other children plan to rebuild their home. In the photo: Mark with his wife Andrea

“His family was so grateful for the gift of our little goat,” Liam’s obituary said.

Mark was a pastor at Foundation Church in Mt.Sterling which he founded in 2020. He was also the director and CEO at Mission to the Americas, a fundraising platform for ‘solid Christian ministries’ in need.

According to his Facebook page, he was also the director and CEO at Mission To Myanmar, and previously worked as a reporter at The Daily Record and Portsmouth Daily Times.

During his time in the ministries, Mark often traveled on missions where he helped those in need and grew close to the many children and families he helped.

‘He was involved in a lot of things. If he saw a need, he was involved. If he saw people in need, he was involved,” Trapani said.

His family also joined him on his mission trips where, according to Trapani, they would help people who were homeless, mentally ill and involved in human trafficking groups.

Liam was remembered as a sweet boy who was 'loved by everyone'

Liam was remembered as a sweet boy who was ‘loved by everyone’

The three never made it out and were discovered 'holding each other,' the pastor's cousin Haley McGuire wrote in a Facebook post

The three never made it out and were discovered ‘holding each other,’ the pastor’s cousin Haley McGuire wrote in a Facebook post

Gideon was preparing to go to university and had dreams of working in the ministry like his father

Gideon was preparing to go to university and had dreams of working in the ministry like his father

Nainy Thang, the vice president of Myanmar Evangelical Christian Alliance, posted a heartfelt tribute to Mark online along with photos of his children hugging the pastor.

‘My children miss you so much my big brother. We know you are now in heavenly glory,’ said Thang.

A vigil for the father and is two sons was held on Tuesday evening and money was collected by two GoFundMe pages to help the family rebuild their home and their lives.

‘Their house and all their belongings are completely destroyed, and it is winter. They’re sitting with the night clothes they were wearing and their vehicle and that’s it,” said Shonna Nitzel, who started the donation page for the family.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Division of Fire and Explosion Investigation Bureau, Pickaway County Sheriff’s Office and the Coroner’s Office.