Dog dies protecting 8-month-old girl during house fire in Baltimore

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BALTIMORE, Md. — A dog died while protecting an 8-month-old girl during a house fire in Baltimore.

The mother, Erika Poremski, had quickly stepped out of the house to go to her car Sunday night,and turned back to find her house engulfed in flames.

She said she could hear her 8-month-old daughter, Viviana, inside.

“I couldn’t get to her and I tried really hard. Everybody in the neighborhood tried. They were kicking the doors in, kicking the windows out, and it was just…I couldn’t…no one could,” Poremski recalled.

Firefighters got into the house quickly and came back out with Viviana, and an incredible story.  They said that they found Poremski’s dog, Polo, in the room with the baby, and he was covering her with his body.

Paramedics were able to revive Viviana who had severe burns on her face, plus an arm and leg on one side.

But Polo didn’t make it.

“He was my first baby, and now I lost him. And I’m just praying I don’t lose her. It’s all i have, and it just happened so fast, I just don’t understand it…I just don’t know why this stuff happens,” Poremski said.

She says that she’s incredibly grateful for the support she’s received, from even strangers.

A GoFundMe page raised nearly $5,000 in less than 9 hours.

Viviana’s condition is day-to-day.

“She’s doing the best she can right now, and she’s fighting…and that’s it. She’s a really good girl, and I just hope she’s okay,” Poremski said.

Officials still haven’t identified the cause of the fire.