Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has forced the resignations of the city's fire commissioner, James Mack, and its deputy, Seth Doyle.
The Mayor did so after hearing about an alleged theft that occurred after a fire official visited a home in Detroit.
The Mayor's office said they heard about the alleged theft from media reports.
Dan Lijana, with the mayor's office, said the breakdown in communication with the fire department and the concerns over slow response times to emergencies were their reasons for forcing the resignations.
Mayor Bing is quoted in the Detroit Free Press as saying:
"When things aren't working, we will make the moves necessary to protect the services and citizens of the city. We have to peel this onion back and get the problem fixed."