Report: Inactive sprinklers, previous collapse contributed to Pennsylvania firefighters' deaths

  • Source: WHTM-TV ABC 27 Harrisburg
  • Published: 06/12/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: New information has been released on the investigation into the deaths of two York County firefighters. The report from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Administration tries to answer one question: should Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony have been allowed in a partially-collapsed former mill? The Institute released a 57-page report detailing where they think the York City Fire Department went wrong on March 22, 2018 at the old Weaver Organ and Piano Company, and what the department can do to improve in the future. The report says the deaths of Flanscha, 50, and Anthony, 29, come down to five contributing factors: inactive sprinklers, long and deep-seeded fires that couldn't be extinguished by large hoses, previous structure collapses at the building, firefighters entering the collapse zone and a lack of risk vs. gain analysis - which simply means the risk was too great to go in. The report also gives key recommendations to all departments, as well as state, municipal government and building owners.


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