FDNY Firefighter Dead In 4-Alarm Harlem Fire, Another Severely Injured [Photos, Videos]

UPDATE: 2:46 a.m. EDT — The deceased firefighter was 37 years old, and his name was not released by the authorities. He is survived by four daughters, sources told New York Post. The firefighter also reportedly had a brother, who worked in the same department. 

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio and fire department Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is likely to take place Friday morning.

Original story

A city firefighter was pronounced dead and another severely injured after a raging four-alarm blaze broke out on a film set in the basement of Hamilton Heights apartment building in Harlem on Thursday night, sources said early Friday.

The fire broke out on St. Nicholas Avenue at W. 149th St. at about 11 p.m. EDT on Thursday, on the set of “Motherless Brooklyn,” which is an adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel with the same name, starring Edward Norton. Massive evacuations and rescue operations were underway by the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) officials.

“This is a tragedy, please give us some privacy,” Norton said from the scene, New York Daily News reported.

City Hall spokesman Eric Phillips tweeted saying: “This is an awful night. We’ve lost an NYC firefighter. Public briefing shortly at Harlem Hospital. Sick to my stomach.”

Fire In this representational photo,smoke billows and fire burns at the Jilin Petroleum and Chemical Company after explosions in Jilin City, some 100 kilometers east from Changchun, capital of Jilin Province, northeast China, Nov. 13, 2005. Photo: Getty Images/ China Photos

The building was said to be five-storeys high. FDNY officials said apart from the two firefighters, several civilian victims may also have been pulled out from the fire.

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