An 'Awful Night' for FDNY on Ed Norton Movie Set

Firefighter Michael Davidson killed in Harlem blaze
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2018 4:16 AM CDT
Firefighters battle a fire in Manhattan.   (Katherine Gerberich via AP)

(Newser) – The New York City Fire Department is mourning firefighter Michael Davidson, who died fighting a massive blaze that broke out on a film set in Harlem Thursday night. The fire started in a building being used to film Motherless Brooklyn, a 1950s-set drama directed by Ed Norton and starring Bruce Willis, the New York Daily News reports. "This is an awful night. We've lost an NYC firefighter," tweeted City Hall spokesman Eric Phillips. "Sick to my stomach." The FDNY says the five-alarm blaze broke out in the basement of the building around 11pm and was under control by around 2:30am, reports NBC New York.

The building where the fire broke out was the former home of the historic St Nick's Jazz Pub, which shut down in 2011, the Daily News reports. Commissioner Daniel Nigro says two other firefighters are in serious condition with burns, and two other people were injured, the AP reports. The FDNY hasn't commented on possible causes. Davidson, 37, is survived by his wife and four children. He is "the 1,150th member to make the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our city," the department said in a Facebook post. It has been a tough month for the FDNY: Two of its firefighters were among seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash in Iraq last week. (Read more FDNY stories.)

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