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New York firefighter killed in blaze on set of Die Hard star Bruce Willis’ movie

Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, was injured in the fire that broke out on Thursday and later died in a hospital, the New York Fire Department said on Facebook.

world Updated: Mar 23, 2018 23:03 IST
Actor Bruce Willis was shooting for the movie ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, which also stars Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin and Edward Norton, in a historic building where the fire broke out.
Actor Bruce Willis was shooting for the movie ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, which also stars Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin and Edward Norton, in a historic building where the fire broke out.(File Photo)

A New York City firefighter was killed and five others including two firefighters were injured in a blaze in a historic building where a movie starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin was being filmed, local media reported and officials said early on Friday.

Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, was injured in the fire that broke out on Thursday and later died in a hospital, the New York Fire Department said on Facebook.

“Horrific tragedy,” Mark Levine, a New York City councilman, wrote on Twitter. “We pray for his family and loved ones.”

Two other firefighters were seriously injured while three civilians suffered minor injuries in the fire that began at about 11 pm local time in the basement of the historic and now closed St. Nick’s Jazz Pub, a local CBS affiliate reported.

Firefighters work at the scene of an overnight fire that began on March 22, 2018, in the Harlem neighbourhood of New York. Firefighter Michael R. Davidson of Engine Company 69, died after he became separated from his unit as they battled the fierce, smoky blaze that broke out in the basement of a former Harlem jazz club being used as a film set for ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, directed by Edward Norton. (AP)

The building was being used as a set for the movie ‘Motherless Brooklyn’, starring Willem Dafoe, Willis, Baldwin and Edward Norton, who was also listed as a director and screenwriter, CBS reported.

In a statement to CBS, the film producers extended their condolences to Davidson, a father of four, and his family.

“Our hearts ache in solidarity with his family,” they said of the 15-year veteran of the department. “The FDNY are real life super-heroes and have our boundless admiration and gratitude.”

Dozens of movie crew members were working at the building when they noticed smoke on the set and called the fire department, the statement said.