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Toddler Dies Trying to Save Puppy From Burning Home

Family lost track of 23-month-old while scrambling to put out fire
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2019 8:19 AM CST
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Loki Sharp.   (GoFundMe)

(Newser) – Arkansas couple Kurtis and Caitlin Sharp lost their home and their possessions in a house fire Saturday, but that was far from the worst loss they suffered that day. As family members, who were outside when the fire broke out around 5pm, were calling for help and trying to put out the flames themselves, the couple lost track of their 23-month-old son and he went inside to save his pet puppy, People reports. Loki Sharp was trapped by the blaze and his body was found by firefighters. He was the family's youngest child.

"I just wanna stop here and say never take your children for granted. Cherish every waking moment with them," the boy's devastated father said in a Facebook post. "Fly high baby boy u are extremely missed and loved," he said in another post. "We know ur home and it kills us to see u have to go so soon. But mommy and daddy and all ur siblings and family love u dearly." Fundraisers for the family have been set up on Facebook and GoFundMe. Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripp says the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. (Read more Arkansas stories.)

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