A Boxer dies after saving a man from a fire

A heroic dog lost his own life saving his human dad’s yesterday morning. According to local news reports, when a fire broke out in Scott Dunn’s Cobb County, GA, home, his 3-year-old Boxer, Duncan, alerted Dunn but later died in the blaze.

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Duncan alerted Scott Dunn to the fire in his home. (Photo: CBS News)

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dunn fell asleep on his couch Monday night, and was awakened by Duncan around 3:30 a.m.

“He was poking at me and barking,” Dunn told the paper. “Normally, that means he needs to go out, but when I woke up, I couldn’t see because there was smoke.”

Dunn got dressed and grabbed the dog by the collar, but “Duncan planted his heels and wouldn’t come,” says WSB-TV reporter Amanda Cook. (Watch her report.)


“When I got out the front door, the flames
went everywhere,” Dunn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I got in my truck, started it and backed it out of the carport and realized I had [Duncan's] collar and he wasn’t there.”

He tried to go back in the house for his dog: “When I got in the door, it was too hot and I couldn’t go in,” he told the paper. Firefighters found Duncan’s body curled up on Dunn’s bed, CBS Atlanta reports.

“That’s my boy. He saved my life,” a tearful Dunn told CBS. “He saved my life, but I couldn’t return the favor. It was too hot in there. I couldn’t get back in there.” The cause of the fire is unknown.

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More on this story:

Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Dog dies after alerting owner to house fire

Northeast Cobb Patch: Dog saves owner, dies in fire

WSB-TV: Dog alerts man to fire in GA home, dies in blaze

CBS Atlanta: Dog saves owner from Cobb fire, dog dies

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