Detroit Firefighters Take Heat for House Fire Photo

A photo of a house fire is sparking controversy in Detroit. (WDIV)

Battalion chief retirement photo criticized

Kayla Clarke, WDIV, with permission

DETROIT (WDIV) – here is controversy surrounding a photo showing Detroit firefighters posing in front of a house that’s engulfed in flames.

The photo has not been verified but is believed to have been taken Tuesday night.

“I just think if they’re on duty like that they shouldn’t be posing in front of a house that’s on fire,” a woman said. “They need to be worried about putting the fire out.”

The home was vacant. Local 4 has been told the picture was supposed to be a sentimental moment for Battalion Chief Gary Fisher, who was retiring.

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The flames were so high firefighters couldn’t fight them from the inside and could only treat the blaze from the outside, defensively.

“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,” Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said in a statement.

Officials have not determined what caused the fire.

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