Fire department questions why man banned reportedly assisted with weekend fire

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PITTSBURGH - Some questions have been raised about a former firefighter who was at a Mt. Oliver fire over the weekend.

The man was banned from the Mt. Oliver Fire Department in 2003.  So what was he doing there dressed in full gear?

“It’s serious in the sense that he’s not supposed to be around,” said Vice President of the Mt. Oliver Fire Department Tim Sherman.

The former firefighter reportedly assisted with a house fire on Margaret Street, but he was banned from the department after pleading guilty to arson.

“I found out the same way everybody else did.  I saw the picture,” said Sherman.

Sources said the photograph the former firefighter suited up was distributed by someone from the department.

“Someone could have gotten hurt.   The main thing is he wasn’t supposed to be there,” said Sherman.

An emergency meeting is scheduled about the alleged incident.