Family dog dies shielding 8-month-old girl from fire

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

BALTIMORE, Md. — A baby girl is alive thanks to an act of heroism by her family’s dog, WBAL-TV reports.

Erika Poremski, of Baltimore, told WBAL-TV she had stepped out of the house to go to her car when the fire started, leaving her 8-month-old trapped on the second floor.

The blaze spread so quickly that Poremski said she couldn’t get to her child, despite several desperate attempts that left her hands and face burned.

“I just heard her crying and I couldn’t get to her,” Poremski said.

When firefighters finally entered the home to look for the infant, they made an incredible discovery in an upstairs bedroom: they found the family dog, Polo, covering the child with his body.

“He stayed with her the whole time in the bedroom and wouldn’t even come downstairs to get out the door,” Poremski said.

Paramedics revived the infant. She has burns on the side of her face and her arm. Firefighters believe she would not have survived if it weren’t for Polo.

Unfortunately, Polo did not make it out alive.

“He was my first baby and now I lost him,” Poremski said.

The infant was listed in serious condition. The family set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the baby’s medical expenses.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.