Loki Sharp fire pet puppy death: Toddler boy dies after running back into burning Arkansas house to save pet puppy as parents lost sight of son.
Loki Nicholi Sharp, aged 23 months old, lost his life in the blaze in Gentry at around 5pm on Saturday evening.
The child had escaped enveloping flames before running back into the home to try and rescue the family dog, KFSM reports.
Loki’s parents Kurtis and Caitlyn are said to have lost sight of their son as they battled the fire and called for help. Tragically, the puppy is also said to have died trying to protect Loki.
Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps told The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette the incident is thought to have been started by an electrical fault.
‘We lost everything’
Posting a image with his young son on Facebook, Kurtis wrote: ‘I just wanna stop here and say never take your children for granted. Cherish every waking moment with them!!!! We love u bubba and we know your in a better place!!!!’
Kurtis said the family ‘lost everything’, including their son, home and their dog.
He said the puppy died tried to protect his son, adding: ‘Please keep us high in your prayers tomorrow as we will be going to the funeral home to get our precious baby boys funeral and burial all set up!!!’
Mourners have been asked to wear red white and black at Loki’s funeral. A Facebook page is raising money for the family.
It states: ‘One of our dear representatives lost everything in a house fire. Not only did they lose their belongings but also a precious child. The last thing we want the family to worry about during this very difficult time is money.
‘Most importantly please pray for this family.’
$8,551 has been raised of $20,000 in the two days the fund has been active.
An investigation into the blaze continues.