An elderly couple has been reported dead after allegedly trying to save their pets from a house fire in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, July 30.

The octogenarian couple, Carol Carty, 81, and James Carty, 82, reportedly got trapped inside their burning home as they tried to save their pets after their house burst into flames on Saturday night, July 30.

Firefighters responded to the scene and later managed to get the elderly pair out of their home. However, even though they were immediately rushed to a local hospital for treatment, the elderly couple subsequently succumbed to their burn injuries and died at the health facility, Yahoo News reported.

Carol and James' pets died in the incident as well. However, it remains unclear how many pets the couple had or what kind of pets they owned. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, People reported.

"We believe they were trying to save the pets and animals they had in the house first and unfortunately didn't make it out," the couple's grandson, Brian, said.

Brian remembered his grandparents as "amazing souls" and added that they were "loved by all the neighbors."

"In this tragedy, their rescued animals were collateral. they loved animals and even rescued them all the way to their passing. growing up we would always find ways to help rescue animals and it was just something they truly cared for," Brian added.

Brian reflected on his grandparents' selfless generosity for others and opened a GoFundMe page to raise money for their funeral costs.

"They were loving, caring and friendly people, who would take the shirt off their backs for a random stranger," he said. "This tragedy hit us unexpectedly and it still doesn't feel real at all ... if there's anyone out there that is willing to help us pay to lay my grandparents to rest peacefully it would truly mean the world to my family and I."

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