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Detroit Fire Department to investigate photo of firefighters posing in front of burning home

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Posted at 2:04 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-01 20:02:04-05

DETROIT — "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.

That was Jones' 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.

firefightersi</p><p>The photo sparked some outrage in the comments. Some thought the visual was in bad taste, while others congratulated the crew on their hard work.

Dep. Commissioner Dave Fornell tells me fire crews could not go inside last night and could only defensively attack the fire. pic.twitter.com/BiG7stPPfR

— Brian Abel (@BrianAbelTV) January 1, 2020

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."

This story was originally published by WXYZ in Detroit.