Firefighter dies during fire on Edward Norton film

Last week, a fire ravaged a listed building in Harlem, New York. In addition to material damage, the fire caused the death of a 37-year-old firefighter, leaving behind four children, AFP police told AFP. If the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, fire broke out in the basement of the building that served as a backdrop for  Motherless Brooklyn , Edward Norton's next film  , which will be in front of and behind the camera. The flames ravaged four floors.


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Very quickly, many tributes were made on social networks. "Our city has lost a hero," City Mayor  Bill de Blasio said in a tweet.

The director of the film did not remain silent either. Accompanied by a photo of a black coat of arms of New York firefighters,  Edward Norton  returned to the events, restoring the truth on certain points, victims of rumors.


Many of you know that the crew of our film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ experienced a dramatic and ultimately tragic event on Thursday night, in which a fire engulfed the building we were working in and an FDNY firefighter died fighting the blaze. Thanks to the many, many people who have written to us supportively. Our team’s formal statement on the event is here in the slideshow. It has been reported in some news outlets that the fire ‘started on the set’. This is incorrect. It appears to have started in the basement cellar of the building we were working in. We were filming in a bar and an apartment within the building and our crew noticed smoke rising up into where we were working. It has been reported that I was the one who smelled smoke and raised an alarm. This is incorrect. I was outside setting up a shot outside the building. Our fantastic 1st AD was the first to notice the smell of smoke before anyone even saw it and it was he and others on the crew who acted decisively and quickly to try to locate the source of the smoke, evacuate cast and crew, call the fire department and then rapidly move our equipment and vehicles away so that the FDNY had clear access. I cannot praise the professionalism of our crew highly enough. Had our team not noticed the situation and responded and alerted the fire department with the speed they did, I believe the residents of the building above would have perished. And though we described what we saw the FDNY do in our statement and articulated our feelings, it’s worth doubling down. I have never witnessed firsthand that kind of bravery. I’m in awe of that kind of selfless courage. It’s devastating to contemplate that one of the men we watched charging in there lost his life. Please send a prayer of thanks for the spirit and courage of Michael Davidson. Our team is committed to honoring him and assisting his family and, in due course, when we can determine with his family what form they’d like that to take, I’ll pass along any information I have about a verified way people can contribute.
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"It was said that the fire went off on the set, it's incorrect, it went off in the basement of a building, we were filming in a bar and apartment in this building  [...]  it is besides our fantastic assistant director who smelled the smoke and gave the alert  [...] " . The production, in fact, praised the location of the former St. Nick's jazz club, a neighborhood institution that closed in 2011. The director also assured that his team would do everything to  "honor  [the firefighter]  and help his family . "

Motherless Brooklyn  will be adapted from Jonathan Lethem's novel  ,  The Orphans of Brooklyn (2003). If no release date has been announced, we already know that the film should see the day in 2019. Casting,  Bruce Willis , Alec Baldwin and  Willem Dafoe  will be at the top of the poster.

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