A baby was rescued from a house fire after her family’s loyal dog used his body to shield the little girl from the flames.
Eight-month-old Viviana was in her room on the second floor of the home in Baltimore, US, when a fire broke out downstairs.
The baby’s mother, Erika Poremski, said she had quickly gone outside to her car and discovered the flames when she turned to come back inside.
“I just heard her crying and I couldn’t get to her,” Poremski told local news station WBALTV.
“I tried really hard – everyone in the neighbourhood tried. They were kicking the doors in and kicking the windows out. I couldn’t (get her out). Nobody could.”
When firefighters made their way into the home, they found the family’s dog, Polo, laying on top of Viviana, protecting her body from the flames.
Officers were able to revive the little girl, who is now in hospital in a serious condition.
Sadly Polo did not survive the fire and lost his life while saving Viviana.
“She only had burns on her side because of it. He stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door,” Poremski said.
“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.”
Since the fire, the mother and daughter have been homeless. Friends have set up a GoFundMe page, which has so far raised US$39,000 to help the family.
Viviana received serious burns to 19 per cent of her body.
“She’s doing the best she can right now and she’s fighting and that’s it,” Poremski said. “She’s a really good girl I just hope she’s OK.”
The cause of the fire is being investigated.