DETROIT -- A photo posted on social media showing 18 Detroit firefighters posing in front of a home engulfed in flames was “inappropriate and unprofessional" and will result in disciplinary action, the city's fire commissioner said.
Firefighters were celebrating a retiring fire battalion chief, Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said.
“There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement," Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said in a statement. “Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them.”
Jones added, "Behind every fire is a devastated family or property owner."
Fornell said the photo was taken outside a vacant house city's west side, where the fire was reported at 6:34 p.m. Tuesday. The house was too dangerous to enter, he said.