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Firefighters caught taking selfies while building burns to the ground killing 17 people

By Mason White 3:01 PM March 24, 2015
Ilya Bykov and Rostislav Krylov in front of burning building 

By: Feng Qian
Two firefighters in Russia, are being criticized after they were caught taking selfies while a building was engulfed in flames.

By the time the fire was extinguished, 17 people had died and another 55 were injured.

30-year-old Ilya Bykov and 28-year-old Rostislav Krylov, were called to the scene of the fire, but were too busy taking selfies as two police officers and two other emergency workers were seriously injured by the blaze.

The fire started in a cafe next to a shopping center in Kazan, before spreading to a residential apartment building. The selfies were uploaded to a social media site, where they went viral.

The fire department said that they were informed about the photos and will take disciplinary action.

A spokesperson for the fire department also said that the behavior of these two firefighters do not reflect on all the members who work tirelessly to keep the community safe.

If it turns out that the actions of these two firefighters put lives at risk, the fire department will press charges against them.