A New York City firefighter died Thursday night after a five-alarm fire broke out on the set of Bruce Willis and Ed Norton’s movie “Motherless Brooklyn,” according to Entertainment Tonight.
“It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the death of Firefighter Michael R. Davidson. Firefighter Davidson, 37, was assigned to Engine Company 69 and bravely served the Department for 15 years,” a statement from the FDNY read on Facebook.
— FDNY (@FDNY) March 23, 2018
“He was cited for bravery on four separate occasions,” it added. “Firefighter Davidson was critically injured while fighting a 5-alarm fire in Manhattan. He was transported to Harlem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
The crew was on set in the unoccupied building in Harlem when smoke was spotted coming from the basement around 11 p.m.
“Our deepest condolences to the family of Michael R. Davidson,” “Motherless” producers and Norton shared in a statement. “A fire broke out tonight in the building where we were shooting our film. Our production was towards the end of our working day and had dozens of people working on site, when our crew noticed that smoke was coming into our set and into other parts of the building from below us.”
“To our great sorrow, we now know that a NYC firefighter lost his life battling the blaze that grew, and our hearts ache in solidarity with his family,” it added. “New York City firefighters truly are the bravest in the world. 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. The FDNY are real life super-heroes and have our boundless admiration and gratitude.”
There is still no word on the cause for the blaze.