California wildfire: Camp Fire cleanup workers fired after posting insensitive pictures mocking burned down town of Paradise
The cleanup worker reportedly put a picture of himself and two other workers on social media, making fun of the tragedy at the site of the Camp Fire disaster.
At least three members of a Bay Area crane company's cleanup crew were fired after they posted "insensitive" pictures on social media of the aftermath of the deadliest fire in California's history. The company, Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., reportedly sacked its members, calling their actions "reprehensible."
The firm identified the worker who posted the insensitive picture as Rob Freestone. Freestone reportedly put a picture of himself and two other workers on social media, making fun of the tragedy at the site of the Camp Fire disaster, which claimed 86 lives, the SF Gate reported.
The construction firm posted an announcement on Saturday, saying that it has removed Freestone from its company: "Mr. Freestone has been removed from the Camp Fire recovery effort and we are working with International Union of Operating Engineers regarding his actions."
Shortly after Freestone posted the pictures, the Facebook page for the town of Paradise shared another user's post of Facebook pictures, which explained that the town leadership had contacted his employers and added that police officials would also look into criminal charges in the case.
Nearly all residents of Paradise lost their homes in the devastating fire. The Paradise Police Department confirmed over the weekend that it would be consulting with the district attorney's office before launching an investigation into the case, according to KRCR News.
One of Freestone's pictures, posted on Facebook, shows two cleanup workers in safety vests smiling in the charred remains of a motorhome with the caption: "They're off on a fun-filled vacation to unknown destinations in their new RV."
Another picture of a worker jumping in the burnt frame of a trampoline was captioned with: "Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it." Freestone posted another picture of himself straddling the burnt remains of a fire truck mailbox with the caption: "I got a ride on a fire truck today."
Freestone had reportedly posted these pictures over time from the middle of November into December, according to the time stamps of the images. Another disturbing picture of the charred remains of a house cat was posted with a dusty beer bottled placed near the mouth, with the caption: "Dude... I was just chilling with my homies, having a couple of cold ones, and BAM... damn fire breaks out."
Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. on Facebook, said: "We have identified three participants in this abhorrent event and their employment has been terminated. Bigge expects its employees and contractors to work with the utmost integrity and professionalism."