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Dog saves owner from Cobb fire, dog dies

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A Cobb County man is crediting his dog for saving his life from an overnight house fire that the dog did not survive.

Scott Dunn told CBS Atlanta News that he and his dog Duncan had fallen asleep on the couch in the living room at his home on Joel Drive near Marietta.

"And the next thing I know he was pawing at me, barking and scratching, and I woke up and I couldn't see anything," Dunn said as he fought back tears.

Thick smoke had blanketed the room. Scott, who remodels homes for a living, could hardly breathe.

"So I grabbed keys to back my truck out because that's my livelihood," he said.

He grabbed Duncan by the collar and made it out of the house. That's when he realized he had the collar, but no Duncan.

"His collar came off," said Dunn. "He wouldn't come. I think he was just as scared as I was."

Firefighters later found Duncan's body curled up on Scott's bed.

"That's my boy. He saved my life," Dunn said tearfully. "He saved my life, but I couldn't return the favor. It was too hot in there. I couldn't get back in there."

Dunn's neighbor was able to move his truck from underneath the carport as Dunn called for Duncan. The truck and the clothes on Dunn's back are the only possessions he has, he said.

Dunn's home is a total loss, said Cobb County Fire Department Lt. Mike Bell. Investigators are trying to pinpoint the exact cause of the fire, which they believe started in the attic.

If you'd like to make a donation to help Dunn get back on his feet, you can do so at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.  The fund set up in his name is called the "Scott Dunn Donation Fund." Condolences and/or donations can be sent directly to Scott at P.O. Box 103, Marietta, GA 30061.

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