A Maryland woman’s eight-month-old baby is alive today thanks to a devoted dog who perished while doing his utmost to protect her from a devastating house fire. According Friday’s ABC 13 News, Erika Poremski’s baby, Viviana, was inside of her Baltimore home on Sunday evening when a fire broke out.
The power was out at the Poremski residence and a candle had been lit – the baby’s mother was outside charging her cell phone in the car when the fire broke out and quickly spread, reported Yahoo News. Though Poremski desperately tried to get into the home, she was unable to reach baby Viviana, who was in an upstairs bedroom.
The baby was not alone – Polo, the faithful family dog, was not only with Viviana, but he gave his life to help spare hers. When firefighters got to the baby, they found Polo stretched out on top of her body – his own body was protecting her from the flames.
Polo’s actions spared baby Viviana from death – but he died in the process. Poremski told WBAL News, “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.”
Viviana did suffer serious burns it the blaze – an online fundraiser has been created to help the family who lost everything in the fire.