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Family dog dies trying to protect baby in Baltimore house fire


A Baltimore mother is crediting her family dog for saving the life of her young daughter in a house fire last week.

Erika Poremski had reportedly stepped outside for a brief time, to grab something from her car, when a fire erupted inside her home.

Her eight-month-old daughter, Viviana, and her family dog, Polo, were inside at the time.

The young mother tried herself to run inside and save them.

“She was up the stairs, but the fire smoke was so heavy I couldn’t get past it . . . I kept running back out and back in, trying to get up there. Then, the door curling started falling and I couldn’t get back in.”

Firefighters were able to pull Viviana out of the house and revive her. They told Poremski they found the dog covering the baby with his own body.

Viviana suffered severe burns on her arm and side. She’s still in the hospital recovering from her wounds.

Poremski told WBAL-TV  that her dog Polo was “my first baby.”  The firefighters who rescued Viviana told Poremski that the dog did not want to leave the baby’s side the entire time. “He saved her life.”

The distraught mother says she’s received support from all over the country – as strangers have donated money through a GoFund Me page that’s been set up to help out.

No word yet how that fire started.


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