Not man nor beast is safe from a raging fire, so imagine how horrible it must have been to experience a community fire. That’s precisely what happened in the region of Valparaiso in Chile. The cause of the fire was traced to an illegal landfill site, where someone was trying to burn piles of waste.

As people and animals tried to escape the fire that spread across their town, one female dog found herself caught in a critical situation.

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A mama dog tried to keep her nine puppies alive and away from the inferno by burying them deep in a hole she dug herself. Sadly, this catastrophic fire cost one person his life, while thousands were forced to evacuate.

Just as it seemed the puppies may perish, someone told firefighters on the scene that they saw a dog digging a hole nearby. On closer inspection, the firefighters noticed the tiny pups, believed to be about two weeks old.

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After a 45-minute ordeal to access the pups, everyone made it out alive. The mama dog was discovered hiding under a container.

The story captured hearts and clicks around the world. The brave mama dog was named La Negrita, and she and her pups were placed into foster care until they could be permanently adopted.

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Watch the amazing rescue in the video below.