A tenant in a building where a fire broke out on a New York City movie set, killing a firefighter, is suing actor Edward Norton's production company for $7 million.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday, the same day mourners gathered at the funeral for FDNY Lt. Michael Davidson.
Davidson was overcome by smoke early Friday at the Harlem building where "Motherless Brooklyn," a movie starring Norton, Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, and Alec Baldwin, was being filmed. Two other firefighters suffered serious burns and three civilians had minor injuries.
In the lawsuit, also filed against the building's owner, Vincent Sollazzo, Erica Cruz said she was forced to "run for her life'' and suffered "severe and permanent personal injuries'' and property loss.
Cruz's brother, George, holds the lease on the apartment and is named as a plaintiff.
"When representatives of Class 5, Inc. became aware of the fire, they did not warn tenants in the building; in fact, they misled the tenants into believing there had been a fire that had been extinguished,'' the lawsuit claims.
The landlord was "reckless, careless and negligent'' in failing to maintain the building in a safe condition, according to the lawsuit.
The production company had no immediate comment. Efforts to reach the building's owner for comment were unsuccessful.