York company named in summons over firefighter deaths


A York engineering company has been named in a writ of summons over the deaths of two firefighters.

The summons indicates that administrators of the estates for firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony plan to sue C.S. Davidson for wrongful death.

Flanscha, 50, and Anthony, 29, died and two other firefighters were injured March 22 when the fourth floor of the former Weaver Organ and Piano Company collapsed under them. The building at 127 North Broad Street was damaged by a fire the previous day.

C.S. Davidson is contracted by the City of York for a variety of engineering services. The company’s website lists “structural special inspection” among its services.

ABC27 News asked if the company inspected the Weaver building before or after the fire. According to a statement released on behalf of the company  C.S. Davidson “was not involved until after the second collapse occurred.”

The Philadelphia law firm that filed the summons on behalf of the estates declined to comment.

The attorney who filed the paperwork checked “outside arbitration limit.” The York County Prothonotary’s Office said the limit for arbitration is $50,000, so it would indicate the estate administrators are seeking more than $50,000 in damages.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, an agency that’s part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will investigate the collapse. The agency conducts research to reduce work-related illness and injury. Its investigation is expected to take several months.

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