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Firefighters Find Themselves In Hot Water After Burning House Selfie

One of the most nightmarish scenarios we can think of involves our homes burning down, so it's certainly easy to appreciate our world's firefighters and the heroic work they do.

But while an uncontrolled blaze is panic-inducing for most of us, it's something that those in that profession see every day. And while they know the risks of unsafe fire practices better than anyone, it takes a level of comfort with the element to face it every day.

But as some members of one fire department realized the hard way, that comfort doesn't necessarily translate through social media posts.

On New Year's Eve, a fire was reported at 6:34 pm on the west side of Detroit, Michigan.

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As The Detroit Free Press reported, firefighters discovered that the fire had consumed the house to such a degree that it was too dangerous to go inside.

Instead, the responding crew could only contain the blaze defensively.

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Fortunately, it seemed that the house in question was vacant and had been abandoned long before the fire.

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This was also true of the neighboring house, so the fire didn't pose any immediate danger to any residents' lives or property.

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It's also worth noting that a fire battalion chief from this department (not pictured) was set to retire around the time of this blaze.

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So the fire crews involved saw this unique and relatively low-risk situation as an opportunity to celebrate this retirement in a big way.

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For this reason 18 firefighters were pictured taking a group photo outside of the burning house.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, this photo was posted to the "Detroit Fire Incidents Page" on Facebook with the caption, "Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Years!"

Although many comments simply wished the firefighters a happy new year, others felt the photo left a bad impression due to perceived callousness.

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And indeed, it seemed that fire department officials agreed.

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One of the firefighters involved apparently asked the page's administrator to take the photo down, saying, "the dept is threatening to fire me."

The photo has since been removed from the Facebook page.

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As Victor Williams of Detroit's WDIV would tweet out, the house pictured eventually burned to the ground.

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The city's Fire Commissioner, Eric Jones, has stated that he is investigating the circumstances around the photo and said the firefighters involved will be disciplined if the suspected situation is verified.

As he said, "There are a lot of ways to celebrate a retirement. Taking a photo in front of a building fire is not one of them."

h/t: The Detroit Free Press

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