Firefighter Dies in Movie Set Fire in Harlem

Firefighter Dies in Movie Set Fire in Harlem

A fire broke out in the early morning hours today on the set of the upcoming Edward Norton directed movie starring Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.

Read on to get the latest details on the fire the set of the USA movie Motherless Brooklyn set to hit the small screen in 2019…

Firefighter Dies in Movie Set Fire in has learned via CBS News New York that the fire broke out in the basement of the a long-closed club, the St. Nick’s Jazz Pub, in a building designated as a landmark by New York City

The fire broke out around 11 p.m. on the set of Motherless Brooklyn according to New York Fire Department Commissioner Daniel Nigro. Unfortunately, one firefighter lost his life in the blaze.

The firefighter who lost his life was identified as Michael R. Davidson, 37, a 15 year veteran of the New York Fire Department, and husband and father of four:

It was revealed on Twitter by NYC Councilmember, District 7 Manhattan. Chair of Health Cmmte. Mark D Levine:

At least 1 firefighter removed with serious injuries after mayday call in basement fire in 5-story residential building on St. Nicholas Ave & 149th. @fdny has gone to 4th alarm. #WestHarlem

He posted this video as well showing blaze as firefighters were putting it out:

After losing Michael R. Davidson, the film’s producers issued a statement saying:

Our deepest condolences to the family of Michael R. Davidson. 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. As soon as we noticed smoke coming up into our set, our crew immediately alerted the fire department and began alerting residents of the building even as we evacuated our cast and crew.

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. 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.

Two other firefighters were injured — with burns — and were in serious condition, Nigro said. In addition, three minor injuries to civilians were reported.

Some 200 NYPD were in the building at the time of the fire. The fire was declared under control about 2:30 a.m. Friday.

Photo by Rad Alzyoud