NIXA, Mo. - He was off duty, but the quick thinking of a Nixa Firefighter is credited for containing a fire before it got out of control.
The Nixa Fire Protection District says firefighter Tommy Goran demonstrated its mission "service through commitment".
Goran says he was on his way home from his second job as a EMT at Mercy Hospital Thursday when he saw flickering lights.
"I thought it was Christmas lights because of the season and then as I got closer, it was actually fire coming off the deck," he says.
Goran says when he saw the flames, he pulled his car over and went to the apartment where the deck was on fire. No one was home.