The fire marshal who led the investigation of a Harlem building blaze that took the life of a firefighter claims that the probe was rigged to protect the production company of actor Edward Norton, who was filming in the building.
Fire Marshal Scott Specht, who is lead researcher in the March 22 fire, filed a notice of claim is Dec. 13 against the city, Chief Fire Marshal Thomas Kane, his deputy, John David “JD” Lynn, and Assistant Fire Commissioner Carlos Velez.
It claims Woodpecker was pulled from the probe and harassed by his bosses for reporting of the alleged cover-up of the Research Department.
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“My client wants one thing and one thing only: a full and fair investigation into the death of a Fireman Michael Davidson,” Specht’s lawyer, Peter Gleason, told The Post on Monday.
The lawyer said that he believes that the investigation should be transferred to the fbi.
The blaze that killed the 37-year-old father of four broke out on 773 St. Nicholas Ave., where Norton shoot “Motherless Brooklyn,” starring Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe and Alec Baldwin.
Gleason on Monday wrote a letter to President Trump asks the Ministry of Justice to investigate the blaze because “it seems the City of New York is trying to hide with a fault on the part of the film production company.”
The fire FIGHTERS in May, said the deadly fire was caused by a water heater, which have led to combustible materials.
Woodpecker refused to sign off on that statement, and his claim says: “there is no doubt in” his “professional opinion of [the] film production company was the trigger cause of the fire that caused the death of Fireman Davidson.”
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The FIREFIGHTERS challenged Woodpecker claim, says in a statement that “a team of nine veteran fire marshals with years of experience, acting unanimously, determined that the heat from the boiler ventilation, gas pipe ignited in the vicinity of flammable materials and the cause of the fire that took the life of the Firefighter Davidson. Any additional studies come to the same conclusion.”
Messages with the legal Department and a lawyer for Norton were not immediately returned.