Family’s grief as pet Chihuahua dies in blazing camper van after jumping in to save owner and three-year-old daughter… unaware they were already safe
- Coco the chihuahua ran into burning camper van when it set alight in Scotland
- Dan Farrant pulled three sons out of vehicle but wife and daughter were trapped
- But after they escaped, Coco ran back into the flames thinking they were inside
Coco the chihuahua ran into a burning camper van when it thought its owner Cara Farrant and daughter Thea were trapped inside
A family has been left devastated after their Chihuahua died when it ran into a burning van to try to rescue it’s owner and her three-year-old daughter.
Dan and Cara Farrant were on a road trip to Scotland to see in the New Year when their camper van started billowing smoke from the engine on the motorway.
Mr Farrant, 34, managed to get his three sons, aged five, six and nine, out of the van, but his wife Cara and three-year-old Thea were briefly trapped inside when the passenger door got stuck as flames licked the windscreen.
Ms Farrant tossed chihuahua Coco out of the window in desperation, but after the mother and her daughter were pulled from the van, Coco ran back inside thinking the pair were still trapped.
As confusion reigned in the dark on the A74M near Moffatt, Scotland, the family didn’t realise that Coco had scampered back into the van – which then exploded.
Mr Farrant, who runs a removals firm in Folkestone, Kent, said the family were on their way to Glasgow when then van burst into flames on December 29.
Dan and Cara Farrant were on a road trip to Scotland to see in the New Year when their camper van started billowing smoke from the engine on the motorway
He said he will never forget the moment the passenger door got stuck with wife Ms Farrant and daughter Thea inside.
He said: ‘I remember looking in [and] I thought it was too late, Cara and Thea was trapped in.
‘I will never forget the look and never forget the screaming at this point.
‘I remember turning around and the flames were the full height of the windscreen just behind me.’
Mr Farrant said his four children (pictured with Coco) have suffered nightmares following the fire
After managing to get his wife and Thea out of the van through the back doors, they joined the couple’s three sons in a car which had stopped to help, but nobody realized that Coco had run back into the van until it was too late.
Mr Farrant added: ‘Cara went to car that stopped to help and realised Coco wasn’t with the kids and had ran back in the van. We tried to run back, but the van exploded with Coco inside.’
When firefighters arrived they found Coco’s body under the front seat.
Mr Farrant said: ‘I was only a few seconds from losing my wife and my little girl Thea – Instead we lost our best companion, our angel Coco.
‘My children are suffering and having nightmares. They knew she had gone back in and watched our vehicle explode in front of them with their beloved dog inside.
‘I have no feelings other than just numbness. My family nearly ended up from being six of us to being four in less than a few seconds.’
Ms Farrant said she was devastated at losing Coco – who they have had for two years.
She said: ‘The dog heard me screaming and we think this is when she ran back into help me and Thea.
‘I just wish Coco didn’t run back in to help me.
A GoFundMe page has already raised £3,140 for the family after being set up five days ago to help them replace all the personal items they lost in the fire (pictured, Mr Farrant and Coco)
‘I’m just lucky it wasn’t me or my daughter that lost our lives but I will never get over losing Coco.
‘Coco was the glue to our family. If one of us was sad or ill she would stay with that person.’
A GoFundMe page has already raised £3,140 for the family after being set up five days ago to help them replace all the personal items they lost in the fire.