Detroit Firefighters Face Discipline For Photo In Front Of Burning Home

WWJ News
January 11, 2020 - 3:04 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ) - The Detroit Fire Department says a group of firefighters who posed for a photo in front of a burning house on New Year's Eve had a "momentary lapse in judgment." 

Fire Commissioner Eric Jones says the photo, taken outside a burning home on Green Street, happened after firefighters -- worried about the structural integrity of the house -- went outside to fight the flames and then decided to take a photo with a retiring battalion chief. 

The photo was posted on the Detroit Fire Incidents Facebook page just before midnight on New Year's Eve, with the caption: "Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years!"

Jones say the photo, which went vital, shows poor judgment and all involved will be held accountable, though he refused to elaborate.

"Because this is a personnel matter, I cannot discuss details of the discipline," Jones said in a statement. "However, supervisors and above will receive a greater degree of disciplinary accountability. I am satisfied that everyone involved has shown the appropriate level of regret for this inappropriate behavior."

An earlier story claimed the house was vacant. It was later discovered that the home was actually occupied, but no one was inside at the time.