Sunday, April 21, 2024

Tragedy: NYC Firefighter Dies in Massive Fire on Harlem Set of Edward Norton Movie “Motherless Brooklyn”


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.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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