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ATF: Cause of fire in building where 2 York firefighters killed ruled 'undetermined'

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 Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms has completed their investigation into the cause of a fire at a building where two York City firefighters were killed in a collapse in March. The bureau has ruled the cause of the fire to be 'undetermined.'

The report explains:

The ATF CFI subsequently concluded in his Report of Origin and Cause Determination, based on the information obtained throughout the investigation to include: witness interviews, witness video, surveillance video, analysis and knowledge of fire dynamics, time line analysis and fire patterns that “the fire originated in an unspecified location on the first floor of the south wing.” The ATF CFI also stated, “Due to the extensive damage and lack of evidence, a specific point of origin and ignition source could not be identified, therefore, this fire is classified as ‘undetermined.”

On March 21, a fire broke out at the former Weaver Piano & Organ building at 127 N. Broad Street in York.

The next day, York County Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony were working in the building when the structure collapsed. Both men were killed.

The ATF National Response Team arrived at the scene of the collapse on March 23 and worked with York City Police Department, York City Fire Department and the Pennsylvania State Police through March 30 processing the area.

Investigators concluded their investigation into the origin and cause of the accident and released their final report on Thursday.

According to the report, based on information obtained throughout "witness interviews, witness video, surveillance video, analysis and knowledge of fire dynamics, time line analysis and fire patterns," investigators determined "“the fire originated in an unspecified location on the first floor of the south wing.”

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