Toddler dies after running into burning home to save family dog

Loki Sharp, a 1-year-old Arkansas boy, died after he ran into a burning home to try to save his family's dog.

(Meredith) - A 1-year-old boy in Arkansas died after he ran into a burning house to rescue his family's dog, according to the boy's parents.

Loki Sharp died Saturday evening at his home in Gentry, located about 30 miles northwest of Fayetteville. The dog also died in the fire, NBC News reported.

Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps said he believes Loki got separated from his parents as they called for help and tried to extinguish the flames. That's when the young boy reportedly ran into the house to try to save the dog. 

Loki is survived by his father, his mother, and eight siblings, according to an online obituary. He would have turned 2 on Jan. 3. 

The boy's father, Kurtis Sharp, posted an emotional message to Facebook on Sunday, urging parents to never take their children for granted. 

"Cherish every waking moment with them!!!! We love u bubba and we know your in a better place!!!!” he wrote. 

“It kills us to see u have to go so soon," the dad wrote in a separate post. "But mommy and daddy and all ur siblings and family love u dearly.”

The fire chief told NBC News that three adults and two children were at the home when the fire started, but the cause remains under investigation. 

According to a GoFundMe page raising money for Loki's funeral expenses, the family lost everything in the blaze.

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