An elderly man was pulled from his burning central Michigan home by a motorist who stopped to help the homeowner as he tried in vain to save his pet dog.

The motorist stopped Saturday afternoon and ran to the burning trailer home in the town of Clare. He pulled the stunned 81-year-old man to safety and then tried to enter the smoke-filled trailer to find the man's dog.

Clare Police Officer Brian Gregory tells The Morning Sun that the dog was eventually found but despite extensive efforts to revive the dog "we couldn't save the little guy."

He says the scene was emotional because the elderly man's beloved dog was 22 years old.

Gregory says the man was taken to a local hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.