Ed Norton Sues Over Movie Set Fire That Killed New York City Firefighter
Actor Ed Norton says his film crew is not responsible for a fire that broke out on location last year in New York City and the actor is now suing over the accidental blaze that killed a New York City firefighter.
According to court documents, Norton’s production company, Class 5, is suing Vincent Sollazzo, the owner of the building where his film ‘Motherless Brooklyn’ was shooting last March when a fire started, causing severe damage to the property and resulting in the death of a firefighter.
Norton and his production company are blaming the fire on Sollazzo. They claim he failed to maintain the building’s boiler, maintain an operational sprinkler system, install or maintain smoke detectors or carbon monoxide detectors and address exposed wiring and other electrical hazards.
The actor claims once aware of the fire, his team immediately notified FDNY. He says the fire spread quickly through the cellar “where there was no operational sprinkler system to contain and/or extinguish it.”
Norton says that in order to use the building, his company was issued permits by the FDNY. They claim, “At no point did the FDNY inform the Production Team that any area of the Building was unsafe. Nor did the FDNY inform the Production Team that any work done by the Production Team was unsafe or problematic.”
He is suing the owner for negligence and wants Solazzo to be held responsible for any damages that might be awarded from the lawsuits filed against Norton’s company and Solazzo over the fire.
‘Motherless Brooklyn’ is written and directed by Norton, and stars Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Bobby Cannavale and Alec Baldwin. It’s currently scheduled to be released in theaters this November.