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Detroit fire commissioner says posing firefighters will be held accountable

Investigation into fireground picture to commemorate battalion chief's retirement is complete

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Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones says the investigation into the fireground picture seen around the world is completed and that there will be discipline for those involved. The picture, in front of an unoccupied home that the owners say was being remodeled, was taken to commemorate a battalion chief’s rertirement.


He said, “For this poor judgment, all involved will be held accountable. Because this is a personnel matter, I cannot discuss details of the discipline. However, supervisors and above will receive a greater degree of disciplinary accountability.”

He added that he was “satisfied that everyone involved has shown the appropriate level of regret for this inappopriate behavior.”

The picture was taken Tuesday night in front of 611 South Green Street, an abandoned house in southwest Detroit. The photo, with firefighters in front of a fully engulfed home, was posted on the Facebook page Detroit Fire Incidents with the caption: “Crews take a moment to take a selfie on New Years!”

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