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Man buries dog who alerted him to house fire in Georgia

John Spink / Atlanta Journal Constitution via AP

Scott Dunn, of Marietta, grieves over his dog's freshly dug grave Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011 in Cobb County, Ga. Dunn's three and a half-year-old boxer Duncan alerted him to a fire Tuesday at Dunn's home but died in the flames. Dunn escaped the fire. Fire officials haven't determined the cause of the blaze.

From the story at ajc.com:

“Duncan was covered up with me, and I fell asleep, and the next thing I knew, he was poking at me and barking,” Dunn told the AJC. “Normally, that means he needs to go out, but when I woke up, I couldn’t see because there was smoke.”

Dunn said he put on his pants and boots, found his truck keys and cell phone and grabbed Duncan by the collar, then ran out of the burning house.

“When I got out the front door, the flames went everywhere,” he said. “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.”