Family dog found protecting 10-year-old boy from fire

Family Dog Dies After Protecting 10-Year-Old Boy from Fire

POLLOCK PINES, Calif. — A family dog died after protecting a child from smoke Tuesday when a fire ripped through their house.

Lisa Marghella's husband was outside trying to douse the flames with a garden hose as he yelled for her and their son to get out of the house Tuesday night, KTXL reported.

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Two people staying at the home ran into an upstairs room to get the 10-year-old boy from a smoke-filled room, KTXL reported.

"Zoe, she was sleeping over his face so he didn't get the smoke," Marghella told KTXL.

Zoe, two other dogs and a cat did not survive. The fire is under investigation

"We understand we lost some pets," Marghella told KTXL. "We'll have to grieve for them. We'll have a little memorial but the most important thing is we all left with our lives."