A Branch County father is still reeling after saving one of his children, but ultimately losing his 2-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son in a camper fire Monday morning at his Bronson home.
Chris Gump said, “If I knew I wasn't going to be able to save them, I probably would have stayed in the camper myself, but I was trying to save them.”
He said rumors are flying, but he wants to set the record straight. This was nothing more than a tragic accident.
Chris Gump said, “I was trying to find them. I was yelling for them and there was no answer.”
It's an image Gump cannot wipe from his mind.
Gump said during the 911 call: “This f****** camper is up in flames and the two kids were in it. We couldn't get them out.”
He said he stepped outside when his cousin stopped by Monday morning and in the blink of an eye smoke was coming from his camper.
He ran in, frantically looking for his children, found his 7-year-old stepdaughter and brought her outside, but 2-year-old Faith and 5-year-old Ethan were still somewhere in the camper.
Gump said, “I was trying to find them. I was yelling for them and there was no answer.”
Gump during the 911 call: “We tried everything we could to get them out. We couldn't get them.”
Eventually they were found.
Gump said, “Up in the front of my camper. I can't, I can't do this. One on each side.”
Reliving it all was overwhelming for their mother Ambrosia Tullos, who had been working at the time.
She sat down to speak, but was too emotional to continue the interview.
The pain is overwhelming.
Gump said, “They were my babies. They were happy. Fay Fay always tried working on my cars with me. Ethan, he loved watching fishing movies, stuff like that. He was always wanting to go fishing.
Its every parent’s worry, facing the nightmare of burying a child. Soon, Gump will be burying two.
Gump said, “I slept in my truck last night because I couldn't be around nobody and then I couldn't even sleep cause every time I closed my eyes I just seen the image. I tried everything I have. I'm blaming myself for my kids being dead.”
Michigan State Police were on scene Monday and while they are still investigating they have said there are no indications of anything suspicious or criminal.
Gump said his 7-year-old stepdaughter is doing OK.