8-Month-Old Girl Rescued From House Fire, But What Saved Her Was A True Miracle.
Out Of Control Fire
Erika rushed into the house and desperately searched for her baby. But when she opened the door, she was horrified. The couch and curtains were on fire and it spread to the carpeted floor. She raced towards the stairs, but the growing fire and smoke kept her away. As she heard Viviana's cries, she felt despair because she couldn't reach her.
The doors were coming off their hinges, but Erika was determined to get upstairs. She ended up burning the skin right off her hand when she touched the hot railing, but she was too busy worrying about her baby to notice. Then neighbors came by and kicked the windows and doors down, but no one could get to the second floor. Then the firefighters got there.
Firefighters Ran In
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Erika told the firefighters were Viviana was and they raced upstairs with their axes and hoses until they were in the bedroom. They searched through the flames and smokes for the baby, and feared they were too late. But what they found instead was an unbelievable miracle.
The Dog Is A Hero
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Viviana was alive and on the bed, while Polo the dog was on top of her. He shielded her tiny body from the fire with own. The firefighters rushed over to rescue them both and get them outside to safety. Erika was so happy to see that her daughter was alive and overwhelmed when the firefighters told her how Polo saved the baby. Unfortunately, Polo's action had a terrible consequence.
The Ultimate Sacrifice
Viviana had suffered 19% burns on her body, which was the area that Polo wasn't able to cover. But the pooch had passed away from the injuries he sustained from the fire. Erika was devastated and at the same time grateful to her dog. In a tearful interview, she pointed out that, “he was my first baby.” And although Viviana was alive, she wasn't out of the woods just yet.
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