The family dog sacrificed his life to save this little girl in a house fire.

A beloved family dog is being credited with saving the life of a little girl when tragedy struck this Baltimore family on August 14th.

Erika Poremski stepped outside her house to go to her car around 10:30pm, and when she looked back the house was engulfed in flames. Eight-month-old Viviana Claire was trapped inside the house.

Her mother, Erika, along with her neighbors tried desperately to get inside, but all attempts were unsuccessful until the local firefighters arrived.

When firemen were finally able to get to the little girl, they were amazed at what they found.

Polo, the family dog, was lying on top of Viviana Claire protecting her with his body.

The dog would not leave the house with the firefighters, though, and ultimately died in the fire.

Thanks to the heroics of Polo, the little girl was only burned on one side of her body. Sadly, that was still 19 percent of her body, and she remains in critical condition in the hospital.

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

A GoFundMe has been created where donations are being made to help this family who lost so much in this fire.

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