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

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 a historic jazz club, 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.”

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