SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl is dead after witnesses say she ran back into her burning home, possibly to save her two puppies.
Florida officials say Rilee Beisler and her 7-month-old pit bulls died in the Thursday afternoon fire at a Sarasota mobile home park. Witnesses said they saw her go back inside her home.
While they tried to help, Rilee never came back out. Rilee’s aunt told a local television station the sixth grader “had a heart of gold” and the dogs “were her babies.”
The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Authorities believe Rilee died of smoke inhalation.