A dog died saving the life of a young girl who was trapped in a deadly house fire. The loyal canine lay on top of the child to protect her and refused to move.
Eight-month-old Viviana Claire was trapped inside of her house in Baltimore when her mother Erika Poremski stepped outside to her car for only a minute. But when she looked back, the house was all in flames. Speaking to WBAL-TV, she said:
I just heard her crying and I couldn’t get to her. 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.
Viviana Claire’s loyal dog, Polo, died trying to save the little girl from a house fire and lay over her body, preventing one side of it from being burned.
Here is a video report of the incident:
Viviana Claire, above with Polo, was great pals with the pooch, who saved her life in the deadly fire that tragically killed the hero dog.
Poremski has burns on her face and hands, received when she repeatedly attempted to get back into the house to get her child out, only to be beaten back by the raging flames every time.
Firefighters eventually were able to get to the young girl, who was inside her bedroom. The sight they came across astonished them.
Polo the dog was lying on top of the child and protecting her with his body. Images of the dog show a small curly-haired black pet.
Firefighters said that Polo wouldn’t even come out of the house. Because he was lying on top of Viviana, only one side of her body was burned.
Erika Poremski and her daughter, Viviana Claire, both suffered burns in the fire, Viviana on 20 percent of her body.
“[Polo] stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door”, said mom Erika, who was devastated at the dog’s loss, calling him “my first baby”.
Yet, that was still 20 percent of the child’s body, so she remains in critical condition in the hospital.
Sadly, Polo did not make it after being taken out of the fire. Poremski said:
[Polo] stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door.
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.
The house went up in flames incredibly quickly, making it impossible for Viviana’s mom to get back inside and save Viviana and Polo.
Viviana and her father, Steve Monie, on the beach before the tragedy.
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