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California company fires workers who took offensive photos taken from the remains of Camp Fire

A Bay Area crane company fired three members of its cleanup crew for their ‘insensitive and reprehensible’ actions in the burned out aftermath of the deadliest fire in California history.

Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. identified Rob Freestone as the worker who posted disturbing photos of himself and two other workers making fun of the tragedy at site of the Camp Fire disaster, according to SFGate.   

‘Mr. Freestone has been removed from the Camp Fire recovery effort and we are working with International Union of Operating Engineers regarding his actions,’ the construction firm posted to Facebook on Saturday.

Rob Freestone (shown), formerly of Bigge Crane and Rigging Co., was terminated from his cleanup duties at the site of the Paradise, California, fire after photos like this surfaced

The images Freestone posted show an insensitive and disturbing behavior in the town of Paradise, California, where almost every citizen lost their home to the devastating fire.  

The Facebook page for the town of Paradise shared another user’s post of Freestone’s pictures, explaining that the town leadership contacted his employers and stating that the police would look into criminal charges.

According to KRCR News, the Paradise Police Department confirmed that they will be consulting with the district attorney’s office before opening an investigation.

One of Freestone’s posts shows two workers in safety vests smiling in the skeletal remains of a motor home with Freestone’s caption reading, ‘They’re off on a fun filled vacation to unknown destinations in their new RV. ‘ 

Workers joking around in the burned out remains of a mobile home are seen in this pictured posted by Freestone

Workers joking around in the burned out remains of a mobile home are seen in this pictured posted by Freestone

'Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it,' reads the accompanying text of a worker jumping up and down in the burnt frame of a trampoline

‘Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it,’ reads the accompanying text of a worker jumping up and down in the burnt frame of a trampoline

Rob Freestone's employer were quick to remove him from the work project on Saturday after his photos emerged

Rob Freestone’s employer were quick to remove him from the work project on Saturday after his photos emerged

Hours after their first post, Bigge Crane and Rigging also announced the termination of two other employees expressing sympathies to the people of Butte County

Hours after their first post, Bigge Crane and Rigging also announced the termination of two other employees expressing sympathies to the people of Butte County

The town of Paradise took offense at Freestone's disrespectful behavior in the ashen remains of their municipality on Facebook

The town of Paradise took offense at Freestone’s disrespectful behavior in the ashen remains of their municipality on Facebook

‘Trampolines are stupid. BTW, it used to be called a Jumpoline until your mom got on it,’ reads the accompanying text of a worker jumping up and down in the burnt frame of a trampoline.

Another picture shows Rob Freestone impishly straddling what looks to be a fire truck mailbox with the caption, ‘I got a ride on a fire truck today.’

A more disturbing photograph appears to show the charred remains of a  house cat with a dusty beer bottle placed near the mouth.

‘Dude… I was just chilling with my homies, having a couple of cold ones, and BAM… damn fire breaks out,’ the callous words read above the picture.

Freestone posted a photo of a burned cat with a beer bottle posed next to its mouth

This photo shows a worker sitting on lawn furniture with feet in a metal tub

Freestone posted a photo of a burned cat (left) with a beer bottle posed next to its mouth, and a photo of a worker (right) sitting on lawn furniture with feet in a metal tub 

This photo shows a relaxed Freestone with legs up on the dashboard

In another picture he jokes about a fireproof safe

One photo shows a relaxed Freestone (left) with his legs up on the dashboard and another of a fireproof safe (right)

The images were posted over time from the middle of November into December according to the time stamps. 

‘We have identified three participants in this abhorrent event and their employment has been terminated, ‘ Bigge Crane and Rigging Co. posted on Facebook. ‘Bigge expects its employees and contractors to work with the utmost integrity and professionalism.’

The Camp Fire began in Butte County, California, on November 8 and would not be contained for another 17 days.

It killed 86 people, many of them elderly, and wipd out more than 150,000 acres of land. It has since been classified as the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

At least 38 people died in the town of Paradise alone.

Firefighters dismantle a burned mobile home during a search for human remains in Paradise, California, on November 14

Firefighters dismantle a burned mobile home during a search for human remains in Paradise, California, on November 14

Linda Matthews returns to the remains of her Paradise, California, home on December 5 after residents were allowed back in

Linda Matthews returns to the remains of her Paradise, California, home on December 5 after residents were allowed back in

A store in Paradise is engulfed in flames on November 8, 2018. The fire would go on to burn for another 17 days

A store in Paradise is engulfed in flames on November 8, 2018. The fire would go on to burn for another 17 days

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