Detroit Firefighters Pose In Front Of House Engulfed In Flames For 'Selfie On New Years'
A photo of 18 smiling Detroit firefighters posing in front of a burning house has sparked controversy and outrage -- and it's now being investigated.
The shocking photograph, which was posted just before midnight on New Year's Eve on the official Detroit Fire Incidents Facebook page was captioned, "Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years!"
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The incident is being investigated by the Detroit Fire Department (DFD), according to the Detroit Free Press.
"There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement. Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them," Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said in a statement shared with Detroit's WXYZ-TV.
On Wednesday, Jones described the incident as "inappropriate and unprofessional."
"Ninety-nine percent of the men and women who go to a scene like that and know what to do," he told The Detroit News. "Behind every fire is a devastated family or property owner."
Dave Fornell, the deputy fire commissioner, confirmed that the photo was taken outside a vacant house on the city's west side.
A fire had been reported at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday. When the photo was snapped, the firefighters, who were celebrating a retiring fire battalion chief, couldn't get into the house, as it'd been deemed too dangerous.
The photo has since been removed from Facebook. On Tuesday evening, an explanation was posted in its place.
"In regards to the photo that was removed we would like to clear a few things up, First of us no one at this page took that photo; Second we were asked to post it by a fire fighter for the city of Detroit; Third the only reason it was removed is we received messages by guys on the job stating that they had been threatened For the photo being posted," the post read.
"To clarify "threatened" meaning threatened by their work I would assume by their context threatened of punitive actions," it continued.
"Happy New Years from us at Detroit Fire Incidents Page." ___
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