March 23, 2018 / 3:47 PM / a month ago

New York firefighter killed in blaze on set of Bruce Willis movie

(Reuters) - A New York City firefighter was killed and five others including two firefighters were injured in a blaze in a historic building where a movie starring Bruce Willis and Alec Baldwin was being filmed, local media reported and officials said early on Friday.

Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, was injured in the fire that broke out on Thursday and later died in a hospital, the New York Fire Department said on Facebook.

“Horrific tragedy,” Mark Levine, a New York City councilman, wrote on Twitter. “We pray for his family and loved ones.”

Two other firefighters were seriously injured while three civilians suffered minor injuries in the fire that began at about 11 p.m. local time in the basement of the historic and now closed St. Nick’s Jazz Pub, a local CBS affiliate reported.

The building was being used as a set for the movie “Motherless Brooklyn,” starring Willem Dafoe, Willis, Baldwin and Edward Norton, who was also listed as a director and screenwriter, CBS reported.

In a statement to CBS, the film producers extended their condolences to Davidson, a father of four, and his family.

“Our hearts ache in solidarity with his family,” they said of the 15-year veteran of the department. “The FDNY are real life super-heroes and have our boundless admiration and gratitude.”

Dozens of movie crew members were working at the building when they noticed smoke on the set and called the fire department, the statement said.

Actor Bruce Willis arrives on the red carpet for “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come” at the legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York, U.S., September 15, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz/Files

Reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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