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.
“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.
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