YORK, Pennsylvania- Penn Live reports officials in York have identified two firefighters killed in a structure collapse earlier today.
Ivan Flanscha, 50, and Zachary Anthony, 29, died from injuries sustained when the building collapsed just before 4 p.m. on the 100 block of North Broad Street. Both were later pronounced dead at York Hospital.
Crews were at the scene of the fire — which broke out Wednesday evening at the former Weaver Organ and Piano — trying to suppress remnants that had reignited, York fire Chief David Michaels said at a news conference Thursday. Those remnants could have caused even more damage if they were allowed to burn and spread to neighboring property, Michaels said. The building was being renovated to become apartments, according to neighbors.
The cause and manner of Flanscha and Anthony’s deaths are pending. The York Daily Record shared a gallery of Flanscha’s moments as a public servant through the years. He was a 20-year veteran of the fire department and a past recipient of the “Firefighter of the Year” award, along with other commendations during his service, the Penn Live report explains.
York Mayor Michael Helfrich identified Anthony at the news conference. He noted that Anthony was a personal friend of his in expressing his condolences for the young man, who had been with the department since August 2010.