Workers employed to clear the remnants of properties scorched by the Camp Fire in California have been fired after they posted for photos seeming to make light of the inferno that swept out almost an entire community and killed 85 people.
Screenshots posted to the Butte County Fires, Accidents, Crimes Facebook page display photos that crane operator, Rob Freestone posted on his own account on Friday of himself and other workers posing with items left out at the burned-out properties.
In one photo, Freestone posted a photo of the corpse of a burned cat, putting a beer bottle next to the dead animal’s mouth.
Freestone captioned the photo, the screenshot shows “Dude… I was just chilling with my homies, having a couple of cold ones, and BAM… damn fire breaks out,”.
Following photo, Freestone smiles as he sits on top of a mailbox shaped like a firetruck, writing, “I got to ride on a fire truck today.”
A photo showing a man and women clad in safety vests sitting on top of a singed motor home was tittled “They’re off on a fun filled vacation to unknown destinations in their new RV.”
Another posted photo showed Freestone standing inside the remaining metal ring of a trampoline, and he wrote, “Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it.” Another shows him resting his feet on the dashboard of a vehicle with the caption, “The struggles are real !!”
Freestone’s Facebook page has since been removed. He was contracted to work on the cleanup in Butte County through the International Union of Operating Engineers.According to the Facebook post. He worked for the Bigge Crane and Rigging Company, which was subcontracted to remove trees by PG&E, ABC Sacramento affiliate KXTV reported.
The Town of Paradise called Freestone’s actions as “unacceptable and reprehensible behavior,” adding that town officials contacted his employer and that he would not longer be working in the town.
Biggs Crane and Rigging Company in a statement wrote on its Facebook page that Freestone and the two other workers seen in the photos were recognized and terminated.
The Paradise Police Department is working with the Butte County District Attorney’s Office to choosed whether a crime was committed, according to KXTV.
More than 18,000 buildings the majority of them homes were damaged by the Camp Fire.