Fire claims historic Apalachicola home

Firefighters battle predawn blaze. Photo available for purchase

Firefighters battle predawn blaze.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 07:39 AM.

The old Robbins house, built in 1910 on the historic north side of Apalachicola was claimed by fire Thursday morning.

The house at 213 US 98 was largely destroyed, but all of the six occupants escaped injury.

The call came in at 5:01 a.m. One volunteer firefighter said he passed the house on the way to the firehouse and could see the second floor was already burning.

When Apalachicola firefighters reached the house at around 5:14 a.m., the second floor was engulfed.

St. George Island and Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to the alarm. Eastpoint Fire Chief George Pruett said the blaze was visible as the department’s trucks crossed the John Gorrie Bridge.

Corky Dykes and Rena Enfinger shared an apartment on the second floor of the Robbins home with daughter Delores Marcum and her two children, Emanuel, 6, and four-month-old Tommy.

Dykes and Enfinger said Marcum woke them up at about 1 a.m. to say she smelled something burning. They said they searched the house except for the second-story rooms occupied by William Laine, who owned the Robbins house. They found nothing so they went back to bed.

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