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Dania Beach man loses his own life trying to save his dogs from house fire

The Chapmans regarded their two dogs, Princess and Peanut as their children. Now Jerry Chapman and Peanut are gone. Princess is still missing.
The Chapmans regarded their two dogs, Princess and Peanut as their children. Now Jerry Chapman and Peanut are gone. Princess is still missing.
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Jerry "Bone" Chapman died Saturday afternoon from injuries he sustained trying to rescue his two dachshund dogs from a house fire, which broke out in his home at Southwest Terrace, reported the nbcmiami.com.

When Chapman, 43, realized his mobile home was on fire, he grabbed the ten-year-old dog named Princess and threw her out the window. Chapman went back to find four-year-old Peanut, but by that time the home was thoroughly engaged in flames.

A neighbor helped Chapman out of the burning house, but Chapman was so distraught he continued to yell for his dogs. It is thought that Princess ran back into the burning house. She has not been found.

The body of Peanut was discovered hiding under a bed.

Chapman suffered from severe burns and smoke inhalation. He was taken to the Ryder Trauma Center and died Saturday afternoon.

His wife of 19 years is devastated; she lost her husband and the two dogs the couple regarded as their children.

The neighborhood has started a fund to help Doris Chapman on GoFundMe.

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