Families of 2 Pa. firefighters killed in 2018 collapse settle suit against building owner

A York assistant chief and firefighter who were injured are also included in the settlement, which is pending court approval

By Leila Merrill

YORK, Pa. — Family members of two York firefighters who were killed in the 2018 collapse of a former piano factory reached a confidential settlement with the building's owner and an engineer, according to court records.

An assistant fire chief and a firefighter who were injured in the collapse are also included in the settlement, which is awaiting court approval, Fox 43 reported.

Common Pleas Judge Clyde W. Vedder signed an order on May 19 that allows a petition for approval of the settlement and distribution of the proceeds to be filed under seal. He has ruled on whether to approve the agreement.

York City Fire Department Firefighters Ivan Flanscha, 50, and Zachary Anthony, 29, were killed in the collapse on March 22, 2018, as crews were cleaning up hotspots.

Assistant Fire Chief Greg Altland and firefighter Erik Swanson survived the Weaver Organ & Piano incident.

Flanscha's wife and Anthony's mother filed a lawsuit in 2020, naming Carney Engineering Group and its president, Josh Carney, as defendants. The suit alleged that the firm told the firefighters the building was structurally safe to enter. The two later sued the building owner and the construction foreman and superintendents who were on site.

Altland and Swanson also sued.

Court documents state that the defendants denied wrongdoing.


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