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NYC firefighter dies battling blaze on Harlem movie set

Jane Onyanga-Omara

A New York City firefighter has died after a huge fire broke out in a building in Harlem that is thought to have been in use as a movie set.

The FDNY tweeted that the blaze broke out about 11 p.m. Thursday in the basement of the building on St. Nicolas Avenue.

FDNY named the dead firefighter as Michael R. Davidson, 37, who served the department for 15 years. It said Davidson was taken to Harlem Hospital, where he died of his injuries.

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"He was cited for bravery on four separate occasions," FDNY said in a statement.

"Firefighter Davidson is survived by his wife, Eileen, and four children. He is the 1,150th member to make the Supreme Sacrifice while serving our city," FDNY added.

FDNY tweet

Eric Phillips, Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary, tweeted: "This is an awful night. We've lost an NYC firefighter."

At least one other person was injured and taken to an area hospital, authorities said.

Multiple media reports indicate the blaze broke out on the set of Motherless Brooklyn, a movie directed by Ed Norton starring Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.