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Northern fireman and EMT learns house fire is his own home

Northern fireman and EMT learns house fire is his own home. (WWMT/Courtesy 9 and 10 News via CBS Newspath)

A firefighter and EMT was left without a home following a house fire while he was on duty.

Richard Crossman is an EMT in Mesick and firefighter in Buckley. He was on an ambulance call Sunday night when he learned his house was on fire.

Crossman said, “I was in the back of an ambulance doing an ambulance call and they know I don't answer the phone and then all of the sudden my phone starts blowing up and the paramedic came on board she said, ‘You hear what's happening up on 4 road?’ Then I look at my phone because I am responding, and I'm like, ‘Hey that's my address.’"

He said he got to the home to find his fellow firefighters from the Buckley Fire Department fighting the flames.

In the hours after the fire, Crossman and his family said they continue to feel the support from both his EMT and firefighting families. A GoFundMe page has been set up.

The family was renting the home and did not have renter's insurance. He and his family have lived there for less than a year.

The cause of the fire is under further investigation.

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