Photos Emerge Showing Detroit Fire Commissioners Posing By Burning Buildings

WWJ News
January 14, 2020 - 7:10 am
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DETROIT (WWJ) - After a photo showing a group of Detroit firefighters posing in front of a burning house caused an uproar, two more pictures have emerged online.

One picture has made the rounds, originally posted on The Detroit Scanner Facebook page, that appears to show Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones in front of a burning building.

Another shows Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell also posing for a photo in front of a burning building.

A photo taken on New Year's Eve with firefighters and a retiring battalion chief received sharp criticism from Commissioner Jones himself. Jones promised to punish the responsible firefighters for using "poor judgment."

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 the retiring 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!"

"This momentary lapse in judgment brought great embarrassment to our department and our great city," Jones said in a statement about the photo. 

The Detroit Fire Department has not yet commented on the newest photos.

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