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Detroit firefighters face discipline for burning home photo, says commissioner

Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said Friday an investigation determined the firefighters entered the house Dec. 31, but were ordered out amid concerns about the building's safety.

Photo was taken to celebrate retiring fire battalion chief

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, Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said. (Facebook)

Detroit's fire commissioner says a group of firefighters who posed for a photo in front of a vacant burning home will be disciplined for what he calls their "momentary lapse in judgment."

Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said Friday an investigation determined the firefighters entered the house Dec. 31 to fight the blaze but were ordered out amid concerns about the building's safety.

He said in a statement that a suggestion was then made to take a photo with a retiring battalion chief in front of the building.

Jones called that "inappropriate behaviour." He said all involved will face discipline but declined to discuss details.

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