UPDATE: The Thorne family dog which goes by the name of Boost has been found.  See the Tweet from the Franklin Police Department below.

An updated has been also added to their Go Fund Me page, stating they no longer need any clothing items.  However, the family does need  portable closets,hair appliances,kitchen mixer, small appliances, board games, and bicycles.  For more the latest updates, visit the Thorne Family Go Fund Me page.


The lives of a Franklin family have dramatically changed. The family of seven suffered the unthinkable. Their home in the Riverview Park subdivsion and three vehicles were lost in a house fire and, on top of that, their beloved dog is missing.

A preliminary investigation reveals that the fire was likely caused by a heat lamp inside a dog house.

Franklin Fire Investigator Lt. Bill Almon said the fire appeared to have started on the exterior of the home on Pebblecreek Rd. inside a dog house that was beneath the deck in back of the house. Almon said a heat lamp had been placed inside the dog house to keep the dog warm.

He said a passerby saw the fire and alerted the family to the fire. All occupants exited safely before the flames spread to the interior of the home.

The Franklin Fire Department was dispatched at 12:39 a.m. on November 22. They responded with 10 apparatus and 23 personnel. Firefighters arrived to find the back deck fully involved. Almon said high winds caused the flames to quickly spread throughout the structure. He said the home, valued at $256,000, was a total loss. The fire also destroyed three vehicles. No one was hurt, however the dog, a female grey Weimaraner, is missing. She is a large short-haired dog with a cropped tail and a purple collar. She answers to the name “Boost.” If found, please contact the Franklin Fire Department immediately at 615-791-3270.

Thorne Family

A GoFundMe account has been set up fro the Thorne family.  On that page, it states the family is in need of: pajamas, underwear, boy’s shoes and basic school supplies.

Gift cards are appreciated as well. The drop-off for items is 105 Clapham Dr. Franklin, TN 37064.There is also an update on their missing dog. “Boost is a large Weimaraner with a stubby tail. She was seen yesterday on 96 near Kings’ Chapel community. Her nose was injured, and she’s very dirty, but is healthy otherwise. Please continue to be on the watch for her!”

In just 24 hours, the GoFundMe page has received over 27K in donations toward their 50K goal. To find out more about the Thorne family or to donate, visit their GoFundMe account.

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