WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 23-month-old boy tragically died on Saturday evening in Gentry, Arkansas after running back into his burning home to try to save his puppy.
- Loki Nicholi Mason had escaped the fire before running back to try and rescue the family dog while his parents lost track of him as they tried to extinguish the fire and called for help.
- Kurtis and Caitlin Sharp lost their son, the family dog and their home on Saturday.
A 23-month-old toddler died on Saturday in Arkansas after running into his burning home to try to save his puppy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Gentry Fire Chief Vester Cripps said that the tragedy happened while his parents were trying to put out the flames and call for help.
Kurtis and Caitlin Sharp lost everything when their Gentry home went up in flames, including their son, Loki Nicholi Mason and the family dog. Kurtis, Caitlin, and their children were not inside the house when the fire started, but amid the chaos of trying to extinguish it, the couple lost track of Loki.
The boy had run back inside the house to try to save their beloved family puppy. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to save the dog and got trapped by the blaze. Cripps said his body was later discovered by firefighters.
The investigation is ongoing But Cripps said the cause of the fire is believed to be electrical,.
Kurtis posted on Facebook to share details of Loki’s funeral arrangements and express the family’s heartbreak over the loss.
“Fly high baby boy [you] are extremely missed and loved,” he wrote of his son on Facebook. “We know [you’re] home and it kills us to see [you] have to go so soon. But mommy and daddy and all [your] siblings and family love [you] dearly.”
Following the tragic loss of their son and home, friends and family have set up fundraisers to help pay for funeral costs and rebuilding their lives in a new home.
“Not only did they lose their belongings but also a precious child. We need all the donations we can get,” a Facebook fundraiser with over $8,500 raised called Sharp Family Restoration reads. “The last thing we want the family to worry about during this very difficult time is money.”
A GoFundMe campaign for Loki’s funeral expenses was also launched and has raised over $5,000 of its $7,000 goal.