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Detroit Fire Commissioner to investigate photo of firefighters posing in front of burning house

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Posted at 11:25 AM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 17:20:15-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — "There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement. Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them," said Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones.

This was his response to the social media post showing Detroit firefighters posing in front of a burning house. The photo was posted on New Year's Eve.

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Source: Detroit Fire Incidents Page

The photo sparked some outreach in the comments. Some viewers thought the visual was in bad taste, while others congratulated the crew on their hard work.

Detroit Fire confirmed the house was vacant, as well as the home next to it.

Read Jones' full statement below:

“There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement. Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them. We will investigate this matter and follow the facts where they lead us. If this photo is verified, discipline will be in order.”