ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A south St. Louis woman watches her dog burn to death before she and another woman, along with four young children, escape safely from a house fire.

The fire began about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at a two-family flat in the 3500 block of Nebraska.

Shannon Wade Davis says they were all inside when they smelled smoke and heard an explosion. Opening the back door, she saw flames consuming the two-story exterior wooden porch.

That’s when Davis says she heard her dog yelping.

The family’s pet pit bull was chained to the burning back porch, and she saw it burning to death.

“… I looked in the back and my dog was on fire. Like literally, on fire,” Davis says. “There was no way that I could get back there and save him. … I started panicking and I was like, forget it.”

She got everyone out of the house, but had to leave the dog behind.

The fire department is investigating whether the upstairs tenants may have been doing some careless burning in a barbecue pit on the back porch.

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