A New York City firefighter was killed early today while battling a fire on the set of the movie “Motherless Brooklyn,” directed by Edward Norton. The AP reports that the fire broke out in the cellar of a former jazz club as the film crew was close to wrapping up its work for the day around 11 p.m. Thursday.
“Flames poured out the windows as firefighters stormed into the five-story Harlem building, dumping water on the blaze to get it under control,” the AP reports. “Firefighter Michael R. Davidson of Engine Co. 69 was assigned to the nozzle on the lead hose-line and pushed into the burning basement.
“But the blaze was too much. Firefighters had to back out, and Davidson was separated from his colleagues.”
Davidson was later found unconscious after suffering severe smoke inhalation, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital a little after midnight.
Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, sent out a tweet saying: “This is an awful night. You haven’t heard a scream until you’ve heard the scream of a mother who’s seen her son give his life to protect us.”
Besides Norton, who stars in the film along with directing it, the movie stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.