NYC firefighter dies in fire on the set of Edward Norton and Bruce Willis' film

Michael R. Davidson was killed battling the fire on the set of Edward Norton's film Motherless Brooklyn; he was part of the FDNY for 15 years.

Emily Treadgold

Michael R. Davidson was killed on Thursday battling a fire on the set of the most recent Edward Norton movie. Davidson was a member of the New York City Fire Department for 15 years and is survived by his wife Eileen and their four children.

The fire happened Thursday night in the basement of a building in Harlem that once housed the club St. Nicks Pub. It was recently used as a set for the movie Motherless Brooklyn, a new film that Edward Norton wrote and directed that he also stars in alongside Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, and Alec Baldwin. The crew was wrapping up and they noticed smoke. They immediately alerted the fire department and residents of the building.

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," the statement said. "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.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "Our city lost a hero tonight. Firefighter Michael R. Davidson was a 15-year veteran of @FDNY. The prayers of 8.5 million New Yorkers are with his wife, his four children, and his loved ones."

In a post on Facebook, FDNY announced his death: "It is with deep regret that FDNY announces the death of Firefighter Michael R. Davidson. Firefighter Davidson, 37, was assigned to Engine Company 69 and bravely served the Department for 15 years. He was cited for bravery on four separate occasions. Firefighter Davidson was critically injured while fighting a 5-alarm fire in Manhattan. He was transported to Harlem Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Firefighter Davidson is survived by his wife, Eileen, and four children. He is the 1,150th member to make the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our city."