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FDNY Firefighter Michael R. Davidson dies at Harlem 5-alarm fire where movie was being shot


A New York City firefighter was killed after flames erupted late Thursday night at a Harlem building being used as a set for a movie starring Edward Norton.

The fire broke out in the basement of the building on St. Nicholas Avenue just before 11 p.m.

While backing out of the building, the firefighter was separated from his unit and he was found unconscious.

He was rushed to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

FDNY Commissioner Dan Nigro identified him as 37-year-old Firefighter Michael Davidson, a 15-year veteran.

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New York Post:

Michael Davidson of Harlem’s Engine Company 69 — a dad of four — was briefly reported missing after a mayday call was made from the fiery building, officials said.

Two other firefighters were also listed in serious condition with burns early Friday morning at Weill Cornell Medical Center, though their wounds were not considered life-threatening, sources said.

Norton stars in the flick and is listed as director and writer. Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin are also in the cast.

The film crew was setting up to shoot outside the five-story building when Norton spotted smoke coming from the basement and alerted a nearby cop, law enforcement sources said.

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