- Three contractors for Bigge Crane and Rigging were fired after posting photos that appeared to make light of the devastation from the Camp Fire in Paradise, California.
- The Camp Fire started on November 8 and killed at least 87 people as it tore through more than 153,000 acres.
- The three employees had posed in damaged structures and taken photos of a dead cat.
- Bigge apologised to Paradise and Butte County residents after the photos went viral, saying the three men had been identified and fired.
Three contractors who were part of the clean-up crew in the aftermath of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California, have been fired after posting photos that appeared to make light of the devastation.
The three men from Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. were fired on Saturday after Facebook photos showed them posing in burned structures and with items that were left behind in the properties.
One Facebook screenshot showed a photo of a dead cat with a beer bottle placed by its mouth, along with the caption: “Dude… I was just chilling with my homies, having a couple of cold ones, and BAM… damn fire breaks out.”
The company named one of the employees as Rob Freestone on Saturday, but the other two workers have not been publicly named.
The Camp Fire started on November 8 and killed at least 87 people as it tore through more than 153,000 acres and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes.
Bigge apologised to Paradise and Butte County residents after the photos went viral, describing the posts as “an egregious insult during an already devastating time.”
“We have identified three participants in this abhorrent event and their employment has been terminated,” the company wrote in a statement on Facebook Saturday. “Bigge expects its employees and contractors to work with the utmost integrity and professionalism.”
The town of Paradise also responded to the posts, calling them “unacceptable and reprehensible behaviour.”
“The Paradise Police Department is looking into criminal charges,” a town spokesperson said in a Facebook post.
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