Around 1328 hours EDT on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, a fire ripped through the former Weaver Organ and Piano factory, a multiple story commercial warehouse.
The 4-alarm fire started on Wednesday evening on March 21,2018, from an unknown cause.
The commercial structure was formerly a Piano factory that was in the process of being converted into loft apartments at Philadelphia and Broad Streets, called the Weaver Point Lofts.
It is located in the 100 block of N Broad Street & Walnut Streets in York, Pennsylvania.
Fire crews remained on scene into the wee hours (0300 hours EDT) on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
A mayday was called after the fourth floor of the brick mortar structure began to crumble while firefighters were working on hot spots. The floor then completely collapsed on top of four firefighters that were interior, entrapping them.
Their conditions were reported as serious and were transported to a nearby hospital. Two of the four firefighters were reported as having died at a local hospital.
Reports of many firefighters were called in to assist with the collapse bringing in about 100-200 personnel. Some of them were said to be retired firefighters.
York City Mayor Michael Helfrich gave a presser on Thursday on the deadly fire and the killing of two of its firefighters that died at York Hospital.
“Our local emergency responders are there for us in our time of need. Tonight, we need to be there for them.
A firefighter died today when a wall collapsed at the site of a fire yesterday in the City of York. Other responders are fighting for their lives right now at York Hospital.
Every time the bell rings, every time the siren sounds, the men and women of our police and fire departments and ambulance services leave their posts, not knowing just what they will be asked to deal with. It is a task not all of us can do, and for that we should be eternally grateful to them.
Our hearts are heavy tonight for the fraternity of firefighters in the City of York, as well as the families of their deceased and injured colleagues.”
PA State Rep Kristin Phillips-Hill
REMEMBERING THEIR LEGACY
We remember these two fallen York City Fire and Rescue Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zach Anthony who were part of the IAFF Local 627 York Professional Firefighters.
In New York City, a MAY DAY was called when a FDNY firefighter went missing during a 4-Alarm Fire in Manhattan at a 5-story multiple dwelling. That firefighter was rescued and transported to a nearby hospital. This was as of 2047 hours PDT on Thursday, March 22, 2018. His/her condition is unknown at this time this article was published.
OUR SINCERE SYMPATHIES
Though we are not firefighters or Police Officers ourselves, we do know many of you personally and we have volunteered in various capacities in taking care of you on the fire ground. We have seen firsthand what you all see, hear and feel when you share with us your stories and experiences of what it is like.
Hearing a MAY DAY of a downed firefighter makes all of us more keen to what is happening. To hear about two firefighter LODDs and two others seriously injured, it breaks our souls and hearts into tiny pieces.
We send our sincere sympathies, prayers and thoughts to Firefighters Flanscha and Anthony’s families, Fire families, friends and those who were touched by their impact upon their lives and in their communities. We are so sorry for your loss.
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