Dog Dies Saving Owner From Georgia House Fire

MARIETTA, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — “Man’s best friend” gives up his life to save his owner from a house fire.

The Cobb County Fire Department responded to a call at Scott Dunn’s Marietta home early Tuesday morning.

Dunn says the only reason he survived the fire is because his dog, Duncan, woke him up so he could escape before the flames killed him.

“That’s my boy. He saved my life,” Dunn told WGCL-TV.

Dunn escaped with only his truck and the clothing he was wearing at the time thanks to his dog’s warning.

Duncan, however, was too frightened by the flames to leave, and Dunn was unable to get back into the house.

“His collar came off,” said Dunn, noting that he didn’t realize Duncan wasn’t attached to the collar until it was too late. “He wouldn’t come. I think he was just as scared as I was.”

Duncan’s body was later found by firefighters, reportedly curled up on Dunn’s bed.

“He saved my life, but I couldn’t return the favor,” he said through tears to WGCL-TV. “It was too hot in there. I couldn’t get back in there.”

Denell Boyd, public relations coordinator for Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services, confirmed that the dog passed away, but was also unable to comment on the cause of the fire.

“No foul play is suspected, but we can’t rule it out,” she told CBS Atlanta. “There’s still an investigation to go through.”

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  1. Alice L says:

    OMG this story touched me ! I would like to help the owner out. My son passed away and I still have a lot of his things that Scott could use. Please have him contact me.

  2. kelly miller says:

    scott,
    i am so sorry for your loss. i had a boxer named lucy i had for almost 14 years, she looked exactly like duncan. i still go out to her grave every single night, in the rain, snow, or whatever. it has been just over two years and i still can not get over it. she was also my best friend every.
    i would love to send you pics of her, and to talk to you.
    my heart goes out to you.

  3. KARENZIELESCH says:

    SCOTT
    YOUR DOG DUNCAN IS A HERO! HE SAVED YOUR LIFE! MAY FOND MEMORIES BE OF COMFORT TO YOU IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME. AS A DOG LOVER AND OWNER I TO HAVE EXPIERENCED THE LOST OF A BEST FRIEND. I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!

    KAREN
    LIVONIA, MICHIGAN

  4. L. Elliott says:

    Dear Scott: You have been given the greatest gift we can receive on this earth. True love and caring. God bless your beautiful Duncan and I hope he is romping and playing in the beautiful fields at Rainbow Bridge. He will be waiting for you.

    Sincerely,
    L. Elliott

  5. C. Adams says:

    Dear Scott : Your story really touched me as I am an avid animal lover. I too felt the way that you do about my dog Bo that I lost earlier this year. I never had a better friend in the world. God Bless you and your most loyal companion.
    Duncan is a real winner and my heart goes out to you. My e-mail address should be listed here, if you should care to write. I am really sorry about the losss of your home and possessions as well. I know nothing will replace Duncan. What a special, wonderful boy.

    Sincerely,
    Carole Adams
    Loganville, GA

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