The Lexington fire department is conducting an internal investigation after photos of scantily clad women in a fire station were posted on the Internet.
The photos featured three women wearing tank tops and hot pants, displaying the logo of Sling Point Firearms Inc., a gun store on East New Circle Road across from Fire Station 2.
Some of the photos showed the women partly dressed in Lexington fire department pants, suspenders and helmets and posing on a fire truck.
Battalion Chief Marshall Griggs said commanders were told about the photos Monday. It was unclear how long they had been online, he said.
Several photos had been posted on the gun store's Facebook page, but they have been removed.
Internal affairs investigators are trying to determine "how the photos were taken" and "who knew about it," Griggs said. The photos were not authorized by the department.
Jimmy Johnson, co-owner of Sling Point Firearms, said the women in the photos are "Gun Bunnies," models who promote the store by holding guns while in varying states of dress at gun shows, car shows and in photos on Sling Point's Facebook page. The women were in a calendar last year.
Johnson said he did not know much about the fire station photos.
"I didn't personally oversee the girls, and I don't know who they talked to before they went over there," Johnson said.
One of the women in the photos is Daniela Gaskie, the wife of another Sling Point Firearms co-owner. Gaskie, former Miss Kentucky Latina, made national headlines recently after pleading guilty to stabbing a gas station clerk with a pen and assaulting a pharmacist in September.
She was sentenced to home incarceration and told not to have access to guns.
Griggs said he did not suspect any malicious intent behind the photos, but that he thinks some of the racier pictures are bad for the department's public image.
"A couple of them ... are just very inappropriate to have been taken within the fire station," he said.
The fire department's internal investigation could take weeks. Because investigators were just getting started Tuesday, Griggs said he didn't feel comfortable discussing possible consequences.