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Detroit Fire Commissioner To Investigate Photo Of Firefighters Posing In Front Of Burning Home

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Detroit Fire Commissioner To Investigate Photo Of Firefighters Posing In Front Of Burning Home




A viral photo of nearly two dozen Detroit firefighters posing in front of a house engulfed in flames will be investigated after it was posted on social media on New Year’s Eve, fire officials said.

The Detroit Fire Department and a number of its firefighters have received severe backlash after being featured in the now-deleted photo, posted to the Detroit Fire Incidents Page on Facebook with a caption that read, “Crew takes a moment to get a selfie on New Years!”




Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said the posting of the photo will be investigated and disciplinary action will be taken.

“There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement,” Jones said in a statement. “Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them.”

Jones added the photo was “inappropriate and unprofessional.”

“Ninety-nine percent of the men and women who go to a scene like that and know what to do,” Jones said. “Behind every fire is a devastated family or property owner.”

Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said the photo was taken outside a vacant house on the 600 block of Green Street on the city’s west side, where a fire was reported at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday, reports The Detroit News. The house was too dangerous to enter as firefighters were celebrating a retiring fire battalion chief, he said.

“It was despicable,” Fornell said.








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