DETROIT (WJBK) - A Detroit charity car wash gets too hot for some people to handle.
Some local firefighters were there, but their actions may have actually fanned the flames of controversy.
There was some concern from the public after a phone video started circulating on social media and some are not happy with how the Detroit Fire Department was represented.
"We had our first annual bikini car wash bike and car show," said Jay Hemphill.
Hemphill, the owner of Jet Detail car wash in Detroit calls it a success. It is one of the events they hold to raise money in order to give back to the community.
That isn't new, but this was - bikini clad women dancing on the back of a Detroit fire truck while one firefighter apparently tucks dollar bills into their bathing suits.
Ladies who live nearby were appalled when they saw what was going on in their neighborhood right in the middle of the day.
"Oh my God that was going on," said resident Janet G.
"I think it is ridiculous and there's kids in the neighborhood," said Nina White.
"To me it is unprofessional," Janet G said.
"To me, the fire department shouldn't have been there," White said. "They should have been on their job."
Hemphill tried to explain that he was the one who convinced the firefighters to get their rig washed at his car wash. He claims the guys were just enjoying the community when some women from the neighborhood, who were not connected to their event, hopped on their truck and started twerking."
"Much respect to the fire department but they kindly asked the ladies to get off the truck because they were eating," Hemphill said. "They were part of the event part of the environment didn't know what was going on."
But from the looks of the video, there wasn't much pushback.
"I've never seen anything like that especially with no firemen," said White.
Detroit leaders say they are just learning about the video that many felt was inappropriate.
In response, Detroit Fire Fighter Association President Mike Nevin said in a statement:
"Detroit firefighters are fighting fires and responding to medical priority 1 runs at a pace unmatched to any department on the planet. We are saving lives every day!
Our firefighters also interact with the community on all levels whenever we can to provide a spirit of positive goodwill. This is a non-story and nobody's safety was in jeopardy at any time. God keep our firefighters, police officers and EMS medics safe."
A statement was also released by Detroit Fire Commissioner Eric Jones:
"The men and women of the Detroit Fire Department risk their lives every day saving lives and protecting the property of our citizens. Unfortunately, this type of behavior only serves to detract from the image that our firefighters have worked so hard to earn in the community. An internal investigation is underway."