New Details Emerge in Inferno that Killed Firefighter at Manhattan Film Shoot

A fire at a Harlem film shoot that killed a decorated FDNY firefighter also injured eight other people and destroyed the home and business of one family, officials said Saturday.

The fire broke at an apartment building that is the set of “Motherless Brooklyn,” which, according to IMDB, is being directed by Norton and stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Leslie Mann.

Michael R. Davidson, a 37-year-old Floral Park resident who has been with the FDNY for 15 years, died from his injuries while battling the fire at a five-story building on St. Nicholas Avenue and 149th Street, the FDNY said.

Davidson was posthumously promoted on Sunday to lieutenant, Mayor Bill de Blasio and FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro announced. Davidson had passed the exam for lieutenant in 2015.

Decorated FDNY Vet Killed in NYC Movie Set Inferno[NY] Decorated FDNY Vet Killed in NYC Movie Set Inferno
Michael R. Davidson, a 15-year vet with the FDNY died from his injuries while battling the fire on St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem. Marc Santia and Tracie Strahan report.(Published Friday, March 23, 2018)
“His steadfast dedication to this city will not be forgotten and continues with his deserved promotion to Lieutenant in the FDNY,” de Blasio said.

Officials said Saturday that eight other people were injured in the blaze: four firefighters and four civilians. Not all of those injured were severe enough to be hospitalized.

Another family lost both their home and their business in the inferno. The family had owned the Q Deli on the corner of the first floor of the building for at least 15 years, an employee said. They also lived in an apartment on an upper floor.

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