STRATFORD, Wis. (AP) -- An 11-year-old boy died from injuries suffered when he ran back in his burning home to save his two dogs.
Bryan A. Schill became trapped in his family's mobile home in Wednesday night's fire, and firefighters had to cut through his bedroom window to get him out, said Stratford Fire Chief Doug Schoenfuss.
The boy's mother, Lisa Larson, believed her son was behind her as she left the home, according to her friend and employer, Jill Mielke.
Larson, 33, kept calling to him to follow her outside, she said.
''He kept saying 'Mom, I'm right behind you,''' Mielke said Friday.
Bryan apparently went back into the home to retrieve his two dogs.
He soon was in his bedroom, pounding on the window crying for help as a helpless Larson watched from outside, Mielke said.
Firefighters broke through the window and entered the burning room to rescue the boy, but he was not breathing when they got to him.
He was taken by ambulance to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield but his injuries were critical, Mielke said. The family removed him from life support Thursday night and he died.
Stratford School Superintendent Scott Winch said three counselors and a school psychologist talked Friday with students at Stratford Elementary School, where Bryan was in sixth grade.
Larson had no insurance, so people in town have set up a fund to help her, and her co-workers are contributing money for funeral expenses, Mielke said.
''She has nothing. Everything she owns is gone.''
The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.