Loyal Family Dog Dies Protecting 10-Year-Old Boy As Devastating Fire Tears Through Home

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Senior Editor of Branded Content at Wild Sky Media. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Woman's World. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law & Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

Lisa Marghella was sound asleep when she awoke suddenly to her husband yelling. He was telling her to get outside — their house was on fire.

He ran to get a hose to fight the blaze, but he noticed his son’s balcony had gone up in flames.

Two other people staying at the house ran through the house to find Lisa’s 10-year-old son. When they opened the door to his room, they were hit with a wall of smoke.

Lisa told KTXL, “She said the whole room was filled with smoke. She couldn’t even see it. She really, honestly didn’t think my son was alive.”

That’s when she spotted Zoe, one of the family’s dogs, lying on top of the child.

“Zoe, she was sleeping over his face so he didn’t get the smoke,” Lisa explained.

They were able to save the 10-year-old boy from the fire, but unfortunately Zoe didn’t make it. The family also lost a cat and two other dogs in the blaze.

Days after the fire, Lisa was still processing what had happened to her family. Although she was devastated that she lost some pets in the fire, she was counting her blessings that her husband and son made it out alive.

Watch the video below to see how Lisa feels about her heroic dog.

Footage provided by KTXL Sacramento

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