2 York firefighters die in building collapse

YORK, Pa. (WHTM) - Two city firefighters died and two others were injured after they were trapped in the partial collapse of a burned building on Thursday.

Ivan Flanscha, 50, of Red Lion, and Zachary Anthony, 29, of York, died at WellSpan York Hospital following the incident at the former Weaver Organ and Piano factory, at 127 North Broad Street.

Assistant Chief Greg Altland and firefighter Erik Swanson were in stable condition at the hospital and were being treated for nonlife-threatening injuries.

The former factory was destroyed by the fire that began Wednesday around 5 p.m. Firefighters returned to the four-story building on Thursday to put out hotspots that could have endangered neighboring homes and buildings.

The partial collapse occurred at around 4 p.m.

Flanscha was a decorated 20-year veteran of the York City Fire Department. He was a recipient the department’s “Firefighter of the Year” award in 2005, Chief’s Commendations, and numerous awards for heroic actions.

Anthony had been with the fire department since 2010.

The department hasn't had a line of duty death since 1971, according to its website.

This marks a tragic day in York’s history.” York Mayor Michael Helfrich said in a statement. “York City Residents will forever be grateful for the years of service that Ivan and Zachary gave to us to protect our lives and families.

Multiple families on Walnut Street, adjacent to the fire, have been displaced. They were being assisted at a neighborhood church, according to a city news release.

Updates on ways to assist the families of the firefighters will be released Friday.


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