Friends and family of Super Bowl champ Fred Robbins are calling for their community’s help after his family lost everything in a Florida house fire. The blaze happened this week. As of Wednesday, the cause of the fire was still unknown. Pensacola authorities continue to investigate to assess what happened.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the family, who had to buy toothbrushes and a change of clothes after the flames destroyed their home. The page was created by Tia’s mother, two sisters, and Madrina Ciano, who is a friend of the family.
So far, over $32,000 has been donated, with an original goal of $100,000. All the money will go to supporting the Robbins’ family as they rebuild their lives.
The page says, “As you can imagine, this is devastating. There wasn’t time to grab any valuables, family photos, keepsakes, or anything! This traumatic experience will live with them forever, and they have a long journey ahead to rebuild everything they’ve lost.”
They continued and said, “THIS IS A LOT to process and bounce back from. There will be so many immediate family needs from housing, to clothing, to dog amenities and everything in between. This fund serves to help with those immediate needs as the long process of rebuilding begins.”
According to reports, the Florida house fire started around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. Fred, his wife Tia, and their two sons were able to escape their home unharmed. They later went back and were able to salvage Tia’s wedding ring and Fred’s Super Bowl ring from the rubble.
Ciano said, “Tia and Fred woke up at 3:30 am to their home engulfed in flames. Tia woke up hearing a noise coming from the roof, which sounded like someone was on the roof and it actually was the fire raging in the attic.”
Firefighters were able to arrive at the 4600 block of Soundside Drive in Gulf Breeze around 4:08 a.m. Responding crews were from the Escambia County Fire Rescue and Midway and Holley-Navarre fire departments. Crews were able to put out the flames.
According to sources, the Robbins family is not doing interviews. Fred Robbins has not addressed the tragedy yet on social media.
Since creating the GoFundMe, friends are helping to make sure people know how amazing the Robbins family is. According to reports, both Fred and Tia are very hands-on in their Pensacola community and have spent a lot of time volunteering. Fred Robbins is a Pensacola native. After spending 12 seasons with the NFL, he decided to come home, raise his family and help his community.
The couple is most known for their Mr. Robbins Neighborhood mentorship program, which provides guidance to young athletes and allows them to build on their dreams beyond football. The program was established in 2014. The main event of the program is called The Game Plan, which is a three-day sports and career camp offered to Pensacola youth.
According to the website, the mission of the program is to “broaden the landscape of what inspiration, dreams, and goals can look like for the youth of Pensacola. MRN supports athletes in the achievement of their full athletic potential, while also educating them on the intricacies of a career in professional sports.”
Since the fire, Madrina Ciano has spoken out and talked about why she started the GoFundMe. She said, “I don’t care if you’re a Super Bowl champ or you’re affluent, this is a lot to bounce back from and there will be a lot of immediate needs. So, my intent for the fund was to allow them cash flow to meet those needs as they occurred.”