Mother Wracked With Guilt After Daughters Die In Grosse Point Drive Fire


UPDATED: Thursday February 9, 2012 11:35 AM

A woman spoke out on Monday after a fire claimed the lives of her two little girls.

Valerie Windom said that the last time she saw her two daughters Treasure Mi, 7, and Tomarra Renee, 5, was when she tucked them into bed on Saturday night.

Hours later, Windom said that she awoke to blinding smoke in her upstairs bedroom and immediately tried to access the girls' room, 10TV's Chuck Strickler reported.

Windom said that she called for her daughters, but did not hear a response.

"It was just flames everywhere," Windom said. "I just ran outside."

Windom said that she frantically sought help from her neighbors, until she learned that the second floor, which lay underneath their beds, had collapsed.

"That's when they told me they were dead," Windom said.

Windom said that she was wracked with guilt.

"(It was the) worst day of my life, wish it were me and not them," Windom said. "I wish I could have just threw them out the window or something, anything."

Windom said that she was left with only memories of her two little girls as she dreads the days to come.

"Waking up, not seeing them no more, ever," Windom said. "I think this is a dream, it's got to be."

Investigators originally said that they thought food had been cooking on the stove at the time of the fire, but Windom said nothing was on the stove when they went to bed.

An inspection of the home last week revealed that there was a faulty smoke detector. It had not been fixed before the fire, Strickler reported.

Investigators said that the cause of the fire had yet to be determined.

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