A York (PA) Firefighter and an Assistant Fire Chief who survived the fatal building collapse at the old Weaver Organ & Piano Co. factory in York, PA filed lawsuits on Tuesday against an engineering company and its president, alleging that they stated the building was sound and safe for entry.
Firefighter Erik Swanson and his wife, Donna, and Assistant Fire Chief Greg Altland and his wife, Lisa, filed the lawsuits in the York County Court against Carney Engineering Group Inc. and Josh Carney.
The building collapsed on March 22 while Firefighters were working to put out hot spots from a fire that engulfed the old factory the previous day. Firefighters Ivan Flanscha, 50, of Red Lion, and Zachary Anthony, 29, of York, were on the fourth floor and later died in the Line of Duty from their injuries.
In the lawsuits, Swanson and Altland allege that the engineering firm was negligent, adding that they’ve suffered psychological and physical injuries. Meanwhile, their wives have been and will be in the future deprived of their assistance and companionship, according to the complaints.
Flanscha and Anthony’s widows, Casey Flanscha and Allison Brooke Hoffman, previously filed wrongful death lawsuits against Carney Engineering Group Inc. and Carney.
In its answer to those lawsuits, Carney Engineering Group Inc. and Carney said they did not tell firefighters nor the fire department that the building was structurally sound before the collapse.