NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on set of Bruce Willis, Edward Norton film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’

One New York City firefighter has died and another has been seriously injured battling a flame that broke out late Thursday on a film set in upper Manhattan, authorities said.

The fire reportedly began around 11 p.m. in the cellar of a five-story house where crews were shooting “Motherless Brooklyn, ” an upcoming film set in 1950 s New York, starring Bruce Wilson and Edward Norton.

Witness videos posted to social media demonstrated a massive firefighter response to the five-alarm blaze.

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“This is a tragedy. Please devote us some privacy, ” Norton told reporters at the scene, the New York Daily News reported.

Norton was standing outside when he first noticed the fire in the basement and pointed it out to a nearby policeman, the New York Post reported.

The deceased firefighter was 37 years old and had four daughters, according to the paper.

He was initially missing when a mayday call went out from the building, multiple witness reports told. The New York City Fire Department proclaimed the scene “under control” on Twitter about 2:40 a.m. Friday.

The site of the fire, at 773 St. Nicholas Ave ., in the Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, formerly housed the St. Nick’s Jazz Pub, a fixture of Harlem’s nightlife that was closed in 2011.

Witnesses reportedly told crews had hung a sign saying “King Rooster Jazz Club” on the building, and were utilizing the old saloon place for filming.

“Fire at 773 St. Nicholas Ave, started in basement , now flames coming our through roof, ” New York City councilmember Mark Levine tweeted early Friday. “Massive @fdny operation underway.”

The fire “appears to have started in a long-closed bar on ground floor( former St. nick’s pub ), which was being used for a movie shoot in past week, ” Levine added.

The mayor’s office afterwards confirmed that a firefighter had been killed in Harlem Hospital.

“This is an awful night, ” mayoral press secretary Eric Phillips tweeted. “We’ve lost an NYC firefighter. Public briefing shortly at Harlem Hospital. Sick to my stomach.”

“Motherless Brooklyn, ” which also stars Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin, is set for release next year.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for further updates .

Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.

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