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Off-duty FF/EMT scales building, contains fire

While driving home, Firefighter Tommy Goran saw flames and battled the blaze before crews arrived

By FireRescue1 Staff

NIXA, Mo. — An off-duty Mo. firefighter was able to save an apartment complex after he extinguishing the flames he saw before they spread.

Firefighter Tommy Goran of the Nix Fire Protection District was on his way home from his second job as an EMT when he saw what he initially thought were Christmas lights in an apartment, according to KSPR.

Firefighter Goran found that the apartment's deck was on fire and no one was home.

He called 911, but instead of waiting for crews to arrive, he scaled the outside of the building with a fire extinguisher and was able to contain the blaze in four minutes. Investigators said cigarette butts in a plastic pail caused the fire.

"I am pretty sure I've inherited a new nickname — Spider-man or spider monkey," Firefighter Goran said.

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Tanya Callihan Tanya Callihan Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:13:11 AM he did what he knew had to be done...way to go spider monkey lmao.
Corey Trewhella Corey Trewhella Tuesday, December 18, 2012 9:15:36 AM We have had a ton of fires from smokers piling cigarette butts in the planters. PEAT MOSS and cigarette butts are flammable people!
Kurtis Cook Kurtis Cook Tuesday, December 18, 2012 1:15:19 PM Good job to spider man!
Robert Norgrove Robert Norgrove Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:28:52 AM Well done spider monkey that is what is expected from firefighters never to go past a situation but to prevent a situation getting worse.

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