There are numerous reports this morning of a tragedy in Harlem on a movie set. Michael Davidson of Harlem’s Engine Company 69–a 15 year veteran of the FDNY– died after being separated from his company on the set of Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn.”
Davidson is survived his wife and four young daughters. FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro told reporters at a press conference: “Our entire city mourns his loss.”
According to reports, Norton spotted the fire coming out of the basement of the old St. Nick’s Jazz Pub at 773 St. Nicholas Ave. He called 911. “Our hearts ache in solidarity with his family,” said Norton in a statement.
It’s unclear whether the fire was caused by the film company or something else happening on the block.
Davidson had 15 years with the FDNY and had been cited for bravery four times in his career.