Millersville Tennessee Fire
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Hero Dog Saves Country Musician and His Girlfriend From House Fire

Earlier in April, veteran country musician John Scott and his girlfriend, Jana Bain Karnes, lost everything to a house fire in the city of Millersville, Tennessee.

The total loss could have been much worse, had it not been for their dog, Frank.

As smoke began to fill the home, Frank woke up Scott, who was just a few hours removed from playing a gig in downtown Nashville. Scott then woke up Karnes, and they escaped the fire.

"He's yelling, fire alarms are going, there's smoke upstairs and the dog is horrendously barking," said Karnes to Nashville's News Channel 5.

Frank, the couple's 1-year-old hero dog, did not make it out alive.

"If it weren't for Frank waking us up the way he did, we probably would've gone," said Scott to News Channel 5.

Scott was left with only the clothes on his back and the items in the trunk of his car.

"I did have what I use when I am playing downtown," he told Nashville's Fox 17. "I had my fiddle and my keyboard and they still work, with that, I have my hammer and I can still go out and make music."

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Scott's a working musician and former member of Jamey Johnson's touring band. Johnson's helping fund the couple's stay at a hotel and the replacement of the three studios' worth of musical equipment lost by Scott.

An online fundraiser for the couple started by a woman from Goodlettsville has surpassed its goal of $10,000.

Scott's also benefitted from the kindness of fellow Lower Broadway musicians, despite them all coming off a rough year.

"They are playing their sets and after they get through, they reach into their pocket and say, 'Here, I want you to take this,' and it's just the love, the outpouring of love has just pulled us through," said Scott to Fox 17.

Millersville is located in both Robertson County and Sumner County.

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