The widows of the 2 York (PA) Firefighters who died from injuries they suffered in a building collapse have initiated legal action against C.S. Davidson Inc., which the city contracts with for engineering services. Casey Flanscha and Allison Hoffman, who are also the administrators of the estates of York City Firefighters Ivan Flanscha and Zachary Anthony, respectively, each filed court documents on Tuesday in the York County Court of Common Pleas.
The court documents don’t yet contain any allegations-but allow them to collect information about what happened to potentially file a lawsuit.
It’s unclear why legal action has been started against the company.
C.S. Davidson Inc. President and CEO Kerryn Fulton said the company didn’t have any involvement with the old Weaver Organ & Piano Co. factory until after the Firefighters died. That firm, she said, came out on the request of the city.
Fulton said the company was contacted afterward to provide “general consultation” with the site, but didn’t elaborate. The firm hasn’t yet received notice about the case.
As you know, on March 22, Ivan Flanscha, 50, of Red Lion, and Anthony, 29, of York, were on the fourth floor of the building, which was on North Broad Street, dealing with hot spots the day after the primary fire, when it collapsed. Assistant Fire Chief Greg Altland as well as Firefighter Erik Swanson were also hurt in the collapse but survived.
The developers were converting the old factory into 42 modern apartments. The building was 53,000 square feet and about 130 years old. The National Institute for Occupational Safety Health Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program is scheduled to meet with city leaders next week and launch an investigation into the Line of Duty deaths.