A dog is being credited with saving the life of a little girl who was trapped in a deadly house fire.
Eight-month-old Viviana Claire was inside of her house in the 6800 block of Gough Street around 10:30pm Sunday in Baltimore when her mother, Erika, stepped outside to her car for a minute and when she looked back, the house was engulfed in flames.
‘I just heard her crying and I couldn’t get to her,’ Poremski told WBAL-TV. ‘I tried really hard, everyone in the neighborhood tried. They were kicking the doors in and kicking the windows out. I couldn’t (get her out). Nobody could.’
Poremski has burned on her face and hands from where she repeatedly tried to go into the house to get her little girl but was beaten back by the raging flames.
Firemen finally were able to get to the little girl, who was inside her bedroom. What they saw there astonished them.
The family dog, Polo, was lying on top of the girl and protecting her with his body.
Pictures of the dog show a small curly-haired black pooch.
Firefighters said the dog wouldn’t even come out of the house. Because the dog was lying over top of Viviana, only one side of her body was burned. Unfortunately, that was still 20 percent of her body, and she remains in critical condition in the hospital.
Polo did not make it after being taken out of the fire.
‘[Polo] stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door,’ Poremski said, tearfully adding, ‘He was my first baby and now I lost him. And I’m just praying I don’t lose her. She’s all I have and it just happened so fast, I just don’t understand it. I just don’t know why this stuff happens.’
A family fundraiser at GoFundMe has raised $14,000 in three days. ‘Polo died a hero’ says the fund.
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