Edward Norton's production company is being sued for $7 million after a brutal fire — which broke out during filming — killed a New York City firefighter and left many others without a home.
Residents Erica and George Cruz filed a suit against Class 5 Films and the apartment owner, as they claimed both the company and owner Vincent Sollazzo-Lampkin knew about the fire and failed to warn tenants this March 22.
"When representatives of Class 5, Inc. became aware of the fire, 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," reads the suit, according to The Blast.
The couple also claimed Norton's production company kept "highly flammable equipment" in the basement of the Harlem apartment building as they filmed Motherless Brooklyn. They extended their suit towards the property owner because they claimed the "reckless, careless and negligent" maintenance of the building only aided the flames.
The Cruzes' apartment was entirely destroyed by the fire, and the disaster allegedly aggravated Erica's asthma. The woman also claimed in the lawsuit that she was dealing with nightmares and post-traumatic stress following the incident.
RadarOnline.com previously reported that Edward Norton, 48, himself spoke about the fire, stating that he and the crew alerted police as soon as they began to see smoke coming from the building. They also shared their deepest condolences to the family of the brave fireman who lost his life trying to cease the blaze.
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