March 27, 2018 3:01pm PT by Ashley Cullins
A man and woman who live in the building claim residents weren’t warned by producers when a fire started during filming of ‘Motherless Brooklyn.’
Edward Norton’s production company is being sued by residents of the Harlem building that burned Thursday night during filming of Motherless Brooklyn. The lawsuit was filed the same day a funeral was held to remember the firefighter who died while battling the five-alarm blaze.
Erica and George Cruz, who lease a fourth-floor apartment in the Nichols Avenue building, on Tuesday sued Class 5 Films and the property’s owner for $7 million each. They claim the production company kept highly flammable equipment in the building’s basement and the fire was caused by recklessness, carelessness and negligence.
“When representatives of Class 5, Inc. became aware of the fire, they did not warn the tenants in the building,” states the complaint. “[I]n fact, they misled the tenants into believing there had been a fire that had been extinguished.”
The Cruzes claim the building wasn’t safe, wasn’t clean and didn’t have fire extinguishers, working smoke detectors or proper lighting in the stairway. (For more on this story click link below)
A real tragedy.
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