WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Deonte Higginbotham criticized the Detroit firefighters over a selfie they snapped in front of his family home while it was burning.
- The image was shared on Facebook on New Year’s Eve by Detroit Fire Incidents Page.
- The next day, a picture of the home that had been in the family for 50 years showed that it was totally burned down.
The owners of the house that burned to the ground slammed the Detroit firefighters who took a break from their firefighting to take a group photo in front of it.
“Eighteen men and none of them did anything!” said Deonte Higginbotham, 21, who told the New York Post that the home had been in his family for 50 years. “All of them need to be fired,” he added expressing his anger at the fire crew.
The image, which was posted online on Tuesday night by Detroit Fire Incidents Page, along with the caption -‘Crews take a moment to get a selfie on New Year!’- was believed to be a farewell photo for a retiring fire battalion chief.
However, in a statement, Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones called the image ‘inappropriate and unprofessional’ saying that snapping a photo in front of a burning building is not a good way of celebrating retirement.
“Ninety-nine percent of the men and women who go to a scene like that know what to do. Behind every fire is a devastated family or property owner,” Jones told the Detroit News that the incident will be investigated, and that discipline will be in order once the photograph is verified.
The following day, a picture of the home showed that it was completely burned down. Dep. Commissioner Dave Fornell told WXYZ that the firemen weren’t able to go inside the house the previous night. According to a statement from the Detroit Fire Incidents Page, no one at their page took the photo. Instead, they claimed they were asked by a firefighter in the city to post the image.
The group only deleted it afterward when they began receiving threats over the photo being posted. While their post attracted mixed reactions online with one user tweeting: ‘Happy New Year’s DFD, you guys are the best there is!’, another wrote ‘I hope that was a staged fire. I’d hate to think my firemen where [sic] posing for pictures while a real house was burning.’
Source: Daily Mail