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9 Milwaukee firefighters suspended after vandalizing firehouse

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - Milwaukee's fire chief said nine suspended fire-fighters allegedly vandalized the station where they worked from. 

Chief Mark Rohlfing said Engine House 32 on Milwaukee's north side was vandalized Saturday night.  He would not give details Wednesday, saying the department wants to make sure about what happened. 

Rohlfing says officials are investigating the vandalism plus other undisclosed allegations of improper conduct. 

The nine fire-fighters were suspended with pay Tuesday, and more staff members have been brought in to provide coverage. 

Rohlfing said the nine fire-fighters had been transferred to other station-houses -- and Saturday was their last work shift together. 

The chief said it's common to transfer fire-fighters, but not most of the officers at one facility at one time.  He said quote, "We decided this engine house needed some fresh faces." 

Assistant fire chief Gerard Washington is heading the investigation, with help from the city attorney's office and the Fire-and-Police Commission.