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Former UFC champion Mark Coleman risked his life to save his parents from a devastating fire

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In a courageous act of heroism, former UFC champion Mark Coleman risked his life to save his parents from a devastating fire that engulfed their Fremont, California home on Tuesday morning, March 12.

Despite successfully rescuing his parents, the family faced heartbreak as their dog, Hammer, did not survive.

The retired UFC star is now ‘fighting for his life’. Credits: @JESnowden/X

The fire, which erupted in the early hours, resulted in Coleman being hospitalized due to smoke inhalation after attempting a daring re-entry to save Hammer. His manager, Michael DiSabato, confirmed to NBC News that Coleman was airlifted to a hospital in Toledo for urgent medical care. Miraculously, Coleman’s parents emerged from the ordeal unscathed.

Mark Coleman, a revered figure in the mixed martial arts community and a UFC Hall of Fame inductee as of 2016, is currently “fighting for his life,” according to his daughter Morgan. Through a heartfelt Instagram post accompanied by a nostalgic photograph of her childhood with her father and sister Kenzie, Morgan shared the gravity of the situation and the loss of their beloved pet, Hammer.

Expressing her admiration for her father’s bravery and strength, Morgan requested prayers and support for Coleman and their family during this challenging time. Echoes of support and condolences for Hammer’s loss were shared by Kenzie, who is deeply mourning the family’s cherished companion.

Photo of Hammer/ Instagram/ markcolemanufc

Investigations suggest that the fire may have originated in the kitchen, with the late Hammer alerting the family to the danger, highlighting the dog’s lasting impact on the family’s safety. The firefighting effort was extensive, involving seven different fire departments working tirelessly to quell the blaze and address residual hot spots.

As the Coleman family navigates through this tragedy, the community and fans rally behind them, honoring Mark Coleman’s heroic actions and the indelible spirit of their family.