NYC Firefighter Dies on Set of Edward Norton-Directed Film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ | THR News
The Associated Press has reported that a fire broke out Thursday night in an unoccupied residential building in Harlem on the set of ‘Motherless Brooklyn.’ The film is being directed by Edward Norton, and stars Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin. Firefighter Michael R. Davidson of Engine Company 69 was separated from other firefighters inside the building, and had lost consciousness when he was discovered. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, the AP reported. Mayor Bill de Blasio spokesperson Eric Philips posted about the “awful night” and the loss of Davidson in a Tweet. According to the fire commissioner, two other firefighters were in serious condition, with three others injured. “Our department and entire city mourn this tragic loss of a very brave firefighter,” stated the commissioner. The AP noted that it’s not clear what caused the fire that ran through the five story building, which was previously housed the St. Nick’s Jazz Pub, a bar that closed in 2011. A neighborhood resident told the New York Post he saw Norton at the scene: “That actor Ed Norton walked right by. He looked pretty upset,” the resident said. “This is crazy, this fire. You think a movie comes up here and it is good for the neighborhood. Not a fire…damn.” Producers sent condolences to the family of the firefighter in a statement. They said crews called the fire department right away when they noticed smoke on the set. The producers’ statement read: “We watched firsthand with astonishment as they charged into the smoke to make sure all were safely out, and then fought to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading, putting their lives on the line as they do every day.” For more on this story, including the full statement from Norton and the film’s producers, head to THR.com. For The Hollywood Reporter News, I’m Lyndsey Rodrigues.