Toddler dies after running into his burning home to save his puppy

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A toddler from Arkansas died after authorities say he ran into his burning home to try to save his puppy while his parents were trying to put out the flames and call for help, 

The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports Kurtis and Caitlin Sharp, of Gentry, lost everything Saturday when their home went up in flames, most tragically their son Loki.

The couple and their children were not inside when the fire started, but Loki had run inside to try to save their puppy. The toddler got trapped by the fire, and his body was later discovered by firefighters.

The cause of the fire is believed to be electrical, but the investigation is ongoing.

Kurtis spoke out on Facebook to express the family's heartbreak.

"Fly high baby boy u are extremely missed and loved," he wrote on Facebook. "We know ur home and it kills us to see u have to go so soon. But mommy and daddy and all ur siblings and family love u dearly."

GoFundMe campaign for Loki's funeral expenses has raised over $5,000 as of Thursday morning.

Yahoo contributed to this report.

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