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Tragedy strikes at scene of fire, 2 firefighters killed after building collapses

The York City Fire and Rescue Department is grieving the loss of two of their own after a building collapsed with four of their firefighters inside Thursday afternoon.

According to officials, York City Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zach Anthony died after the fourth floor of the former Weaver Organ and Piano Factory building collapsed on top of them and two other firefighters while they were searching the building for the source of hotspots that had been flaring up since last night.

The York City Fire and Rescue Department is grieving the loss of two of their own after a building collapsed with four of their firefighters inside Thursday afternoon.


According to officials, York City Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zach Anthony died after the fourth floor of the former Weaver Organ and Piano Factory building collapsed on top of them and two other firefighters while they were searching the building for the source of hotspots that had been flaring up since last night.

York City Fire Department had been on scene since 5 p.m. Wednesday when flames first broke out at the building on 409 East Philadelphia Street.


All throughout the night and into this afternoon, crews were on scene to extinguish hot spots that kept flaring up within the building.

Flanscha, Anthony and two others were inside when the fourth floor collapsed. The Mayday Call went out just before 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

All four firefighters were rescued and taken to WellSpan Hospital in York. The remaining firefighters remain hospitalized.

Flanscha and Anthony were both featured in a national commercial for Wahl Professional.


Flanscha was a decorated 20-year veteran of the York City Fire Department and had been awarded the York City Fire Department's "Firefighter of the Year" award. He also holds Chief's Commendations and several other awards for heroic actions.

In 2016, he went viral in Central PA for his participation in a "mission" to save some ducklings from the sewer.


Anthony had been with the fire department since August 2010 and is remembered as the person you would want to have on your team.

“We are terribly saddened for the loss suffered by the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of Ivan and Zachary. This marks a tragic day in York’s history.” Mayor Michael Helfrich said, “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. “








The public memorial services for Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony will take place Wednesday March 28, at the York Expo Center's Memorial Hall from 1-3 p.m.

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