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Michigan father saves 7-year-old from fire, but two other children killed

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A Michigan 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.

The Branch County Sheriff's Office says the fire started around 10:30 a.m. Monday at a residence in Bronson, about 115 miles southwest of Detroit.

“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,” Chris Gump said.

Gump said rumors are flying, but he wants to set the record straight. This was nothing more than a tragic accident.

“I was trying to find them. I was yelling for them and there was no answer,” he said.

It's an image Gump cannot wipe from his mind.

“This f****** camper is up in flames and the two kids were in it. We couldn't get them out,” Gump was heard saying in a 911 call.

The Michigan father 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, and found his 7-year-old stepdaughter. Two-year-old Faith and 5-year-old Ethan were still somewhere in the camper.

“We tried everything we could to get them out. We couldn't get them,” Gump said in the 911 call.

Eventually, the children were found.

“Up in the front of my camper. I can't, I can't do this. One on each side,” Gump said.

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 was overwhelming.

“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,” Gump said.

Michigan State Police are still investigating the fire, but said there are no indications of anything suspicious or criminal.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family pay for funeral expenses. It’s raised more than $1,700.

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