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Firefighter, 37, dies in fire on NYC set of new Bruce Willis movie

A firefighter has been killed after a blaze broke out at a movie set for Bruce Willis’ new film Motherless Brooklyn in Manhattan, New York City.

Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, went missing while battling the huge fire at a building in Harlem late on Thursday evening.

Mr Davidson, a father-of-four, was soon found by fellow firefighters and taken to a nearby hospital, where he later died.

Firefighter Michael Davidson, 37, was killed battling a blaze that broke out at a movie set for Bruce Willis’ new film Motherless Brooklyn in Harlem

Five other people also suffered non-life-threatening injuries, and it is not known if they are part of the film crew or the FDNY, according to the New York Post. 

Mr Davidson, a 15-year-veteran with the FDNY and father of four daughters, was reportedly the first fireman into the building and suffered serious injuries after becoming separated from his crew. 

‘This is an awful night. We’ve lost an NYC firefighter. Sick to my stomach,’ Eric Phillips, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted early Friday morning.

He added in another tweet: ‘We lost Michael Davidson tonight. He’s a hero firefighter. No words. 4 young kids.’ 

The fire reportedly broke out in the basement of a building where a crew had been working on scenes for Motherless Brooklyn, starring Mr Willis and Edward Norton.

Mr Norton is also writing the screenplay and directing the film.

A witness told the New York Post that Mr Norton had been spotted at the scene of the fire ‘looking pretty upset’ on Thursday evening. 

Motherless Brooklyn is a crime drama set in 1950s New York based on a murder mystery novel by Jonathan Lethem. 

The starry cast also includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.

The crime drama is due for release next year but has yet to set a date.