ANDERSON — A volunteer firefighter responded to a fire at his own home Saturday afternoon.

Scott Pearson, an officer with the Richland Township Fire Department, was mowing a friend’s lawn when he heard his home address announced on the dispatch radio.

“As soon as I heard it, I came straight to the house,” he said.

No one was home when the fire broke out at 5223 Alexandria Pike shortly before 2:30 p.m.

Pearson said it was a bit shocking seeing his own garage on fire, but he didn’t let that affect his job.

“Everything went smoothly,” he said.

No one was home when the broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m.

Firefighters from Richland Township and Frankton fire departments had the fire extinguished by 3:08 p.m. said Richland Township Fire Chief Derek Mitchem.

The fire was contained to the garage and did not damage Pearson’s home or neighboring houses, he said. Damage to the garage was estimated at between $15,000 and $20,000.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, but Mitchem said it was likely electrical.

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