Dozens gather for vigil for father who died saving children from house fire


SOUTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. – Friends and family held a vigil Thursday night for a man who died saving his five children from a house fire.

Forest Park firefighters said that, when they arrived at the home on Burks Road last week, the fire was fully involved.

Witnesses said they saw Brandon Gamble lifting his children out a window to help them escape.

Investigators said the children range in age from 6 to 14.

Family members said the flames were too intense for Gamble to get out, and he died inside the home.

Loved ones gathered in East Point to honor his life. Some remembered him with songs, others with signs and prayers.


Everyone called him a hero.

“He did it because he loves his family and my husband is a hero,” Tyeisha Gamble said. “My husband gave his life in a burning fire. He paid that price for his family.”

Channel 2’s Justin Wilfon spoke with some of Gamble’s children about how they will remember their father. 

“My dad was loving. He was caring and he cared about us. He’s a hero,” daughter Brandy Wingo said. “If it wasn’t for him, it would have been all seven of us that night.”

“He’s a hero and he saved all of us,” son Brandon Gamble Jr. said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up if you would like to help the family.

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