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Freetown firefighter fired over racially-charged Facebook post

A Freetown firefighter was fired by the department after penning a racially charged rant in response to an out-of-control neighborhood party, NECN reports.

Two weeks ago, a house party in a Freetown neighborhood hosted an estimated 1,000 guests who arrived by the busload, leaving the residential area in shambles, police said.

“We were told it was a small family reunion,” Police Chief Carlton Abbott said, according to The Taunton Gazette“[The party] completely overwhelmed the neighborhood. We received no cooperation from the property owners.”

“It was a party and it was damn the neighbors and damn everyone,” Abbott added.

The party has faced fierce criticism from locals, who said the masses of guests, many of whom were African-American, caused a nuisance for much of the night.

Kyle Grenier, a part-time Freetown firefighter, was one of those angered, and he posted his response on Facebook.

“I can see the next fire call will be this house on fire and I’ll make sure I can’t find the hydrant lol,” Grenier wrote. “Make sure no water so no more house party’s [sic] with black Boston people.”

Freetown Fire Chief Gary Silvia quickly moved to fire Grenier after seeing the post.

“The town of Freetown and the fire department will not tolerate racism at all,” Silvia told NECN. “I was shocked and saddened at the same time that he would do something like this.”

One of the party’s hosts, Brandon Lochard, told WCVB the comments were “insensitive and threatening.”

“I think it’s crazy,” he said. “It’s 2016 and racism still exists. It’s just mind-blowing.”

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Grenier responded to the criticism in a statement to NECN.

“I had said something that I didn’t think or mean to be racist against anyone. I am sorry if I offended anyone,” he wrote.

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