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Two York firefighters die when wall collapses at fire scene

Two York firefighters die when wall collapses at fire scene

York firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony died at a hospital after being pulled from the wreckage of the former Weaver Organ and Piano factory, the first city firefighters to be killed in the line of duty in almost 50 years.

The coroner identified the men as Zachary Anthony, 29, and Ivan Flanscha, 50.

York officials said part of the wall fell on the firefighters as they were looking for hot spots and the cause of a fire that broke out Wednesday.

The collapse trapped all four of the firefighters.

A city statement read: "We are terribly saddened for the loss suffered by the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of Ivan and Zachary".

Flanscha and Anthony were transported to York Hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Two York firefighters die when wall collapses at fire scene
Two York firefighters die when wall collapses at fire scene

Anthony joined the York City Fire Department in August 2010. "These were the guys you wanted in the firetruck". He has been awarded with the department's "Firefighter of the Year" award, Chief's Commendations, and a number of other awards for his heroic actions.

The two firefighters are the 12th and 13th city firefighters killed in the line of duty in the department's history.

York fire Chief David Michaels said the men were putting out hotspots that could have reignited the building, which could have spread to nearby buildings and put the public in danger. The other two firefighters are in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries, Helfrich said.

Helfrich said people were organizing to assist the families of the firefighters. So far, no fundraising campaign have been set up for victims. Some of the residents living near the area, who were displaced, are being helped to find shelter by the neighborhood church. They said the two firefighters injured in the collapse are doing well.

"It's not uncommon", he said ABC affiliate Kiii TV reported.

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