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Zachary John Anthony


On March 21, 2018, the York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services fought a major fire in a large mill-construction building that was being converted to apartments.  The fire was eventually fought defensively, and the building sustained a number of partial collapses.  Although the main body of fire was extinguished over a period of hours, hot spots remained.

The next morning, fire officials, the building owner, and a contracted engineer made visual inspections of the building.  The decision was made to access upper floors of the building by aerial ladder to allow 3 firefighters (including Firefighter Anthony and Firefighter Flanscha) and an Assistant Chief to enter with a hose line to extinguish hot spots.  As the crew worked, a collapse occurred and dropped them 4 floors. 

After 29 minutes, the firefighters and fire officer trapped by the collapse were free from the debris.  Firefighter Anthony and Firefighter Flanscha received fatal injuries in the collapse.

For additional information regarding this incident, please refer to NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program report F2018-06 at

Incident Location: 410 Walnut St, York, PA 17403 (U.S. National Grid: 18S UK 5312 2556)

photo of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial
Zachary John Anthony was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.

Department information

York City Department of Fire/Rescue Services
43 South Duke Street
U.S. National Grid: 18S UK 5266 2496
York, Pennsylvania 17041

Chief: David P. Michaels

Age: 29
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: March 21, 2018 17:00
Date of death: March 22, 2018
Cause of fatal injury: Collapse
Nature of fatal injury: Crushed
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

Last updated: July 11, 2019