Edward Norton's production company sued over fatal Harlem fire

Edward Norton at the 'Collateral Beauty' World Premiere at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Dec. 12, 2016. (Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/

Two New Yorkers who lost their home in the fatal fire which ripped through the set of Edward Norton's new movie are suing production bosses for $7 million.

Norton was directing his forthcoming project, "Motherless Brooklyn," in an apartment building in Harlem last Thursday when crewmembers noticed a blaze had broken out in the basement.

Emergency services were called to tackle the flames, which cost firefighter Michael Davidson his life.

He was laid to rest in a Manhattan funeral service on Tuesday, hours before it emerged tenants Erica and George Cruz were taking civil action against Norton's production company, Class 5.

In their legal papers, obtained by, the couple alleges producers "maintained certain equipment, including highly flammable equipment, in the basement", and failed to properly alert building residents to the severity of the blaze.

The suit states, "They did not warn the tenants in the building; in fact, they misled the tenants into believing there had been a fire that had been extinguished."

The plaintiffs' home was destroyed in the fire, and they are now suing for damages from Norton's company, although the actor/director himself is not named as a defendant.

Representatives for Class 5 have yet to respond to the legal action, but in an Instagram post on Saturday, Norton heaped praise on the firefighters for their bravery, and applauded his crewmembers, specifically his assistant director, for spotting the fire and calling emergency services as they evacuated everyone on set.

Norton insisted his crew had saved lives by their quick thinking, and added: "Had our team not noticed the situation and responded and alerted the fire department with the speed they did, I believe the residents of the building above would have perished."