Toddler found huddled by dog after fire

Body of toddler, cuddled with teddy bear and dog, found after fire

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A heartbreaking discovery was made inside of a home in Spokane, Washington, after a Friday night fire. According to the New York Post, a toddler, cuddled next to his teddy bear and dog, was found after the flames were extinguished at the home on Longfellow Avenue.

A spokesperson for the Spokane Fire Department has stated that it is likely that the dog, a mixed breed terrier, stayed beside the three-year-old child – trying to protect him from the devastating blaze.

Though the fire claimed the life of the dog and the little boy, there were two adults and three other children who managed to escape the blaze. The fire department discovered that there was no working fire detector in the home – the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Please ensure that fire detectors have working batteries and consider putting a “pets in home” sticker on your doors and/or windows to alert first responders that you have a cat or dog (or other pet) inside of a home in the event of an emergency.

(Photo via Spokane Fire Department/AP)


9 replies
  1. pennysdachshund says:

    It seems Sorta of Strange to me that this ONE Little Child and his DOG were left there when the Parents managed to ESCAPE with the other Children>>>>>>is there possible trauma that happened before the fire and the fire is a cover up!!!!! Never KNOW what the Hell goes on in the minds of people now days!!! These parents were not very responsible if it was totally accidental!!!!

    • Barkley's Mom says:

      You are right and how sad that is. You can’t take anything at face value anymore, there is always a good chance there is more to the story than shows on the surface. I thought the same thing, how does a child get left behind like this. I hope your scenario is wrong, but wouldn’t be surprised if it is.

    • Bette says:

      That’s true. I thought it was suspicious too. That poor child and dog must have suffered terribly. I pray they do a full investigation into this whole situation. God bless

    • carol says:

      you are not living in reality if you think this can’t happen. maybe they thought he was with the other parent. maybe they couldn’t find him, or reach him. everything is not a conspiracy and this family is grieving. show some respect.

      • pennysdachshund says:

        GOLLU “SO_CALLED _ LADY” is this NOT THE USA and are other People NOT entitled to express themselves…. or have a question or concern!!! If I was not a decent person I would tell YOU just where to jump off!! AND YES Maybe he did get separated and also maybe there Is something amiss!!! Are YOU GOD!!!

  2. Chelsea says:

    I’m a friend of the child’s mother and I find your comments offensive, if you Google the story you’ll see that the child was with his aunt at the time the fire happened. His parents love him dearly and are devastated that this even happened. Don’t assume what you don’t know anything about


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