Fire Marshal: Fatal Fire Investigation Was Rigged To Protect Ed Norton

December 18, 2018 - 4:28 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The fire marshal who initially led the investigation into a Harlem building fire that killed an FDNY firefighter claims the probe was rigged to protect the production company of actor Ed Norton.

Fire Marshall Scott Specht said the investigation into the March 22 was rigged when he filed a notice of claim against the city on Dec. 13.

The claim alleges Specht was pulled from the investigation for reporting the cover-up and his attorney, Peter Gleason, claims Specht was harassed when he asked superiors to look into the matter.

The FDNY clams the fatal fire was caused by a boiler triggering flammable materials.

However, Gleason notes that the boiler was offered to be sent to the ATF Fire Research Laboratory but that the request was denied.

“It really defies logic how they can just to such a conclusion,” the attorney said.

The blaze broke out at 773 St. Nicholas Ave. while Norton was filming “Motherless Brooklyn.”

“You had Ed Norton's film production crew load this building with massive amounts of highly flammable petroleum based materials. You had the film production crew interject hundreds of feet of high-voltage electrical cable, with high temperature lighting in the building. There are more questions that need to be answered than have been answered,” Gleason notes.

Michael Davidson, 37, died in the fire and Gleason says Specht is simply trying to provide a full and fair investigation into his death.

In a statement, the FDNY said a nine-member team of fire marshals came to a unanimous conclusion on the fire and that any additional investigations would reach the same conclusion.