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It appears WJBK-TV reporter Charlie LeDuff has outlasted another Detroit fire commissioner. TV stations in Detroit are reporting this morning that Commissioner Donald Austin is expected to announce his departure as early as today.
Multiple sources tell WWJ City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas that Fire Commissioner Don Austin is hanging up his firehouse and retiring as early as Tuesday.
Messages left with the city about Austin stepping down have not yet been returned.
Austin was hired in May 2011 to lead the city’s fire department. Born and raised in Motown, Austin spent three decades at the Los Angeles Fire Department before returning to Detroit.
Sources confirm to 7 Action News that Austin and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr have agreed to Austin leaving office.
The exact date has not been determined but could be by the end of he year.
Austin created controversy when he advised firefighters to "let it burn" when encountering a fire in an abandoned structure to avoid injury and conserve dwindling resources.
Many fire trucks have been in disrepair with the city's financial problems. Many fire stations have also been closed because of reduced staffing.