Cause of death determined for fallen York City firefighter
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A final determination has been made about the cause of death for one of the York City firefighters who died last month in the line of duty.
The York County Coroner's Office said in a news release Monday, April 23, that Zachary Anthony, 29, died on March 22 from blunt-force trauma with traumatic asphyxia, with the manner accidental.
Anthony died after a wall collapsed while firefighters were at the former Weaver Piano & Organ Co. building at 127 N. Broad St. Ivan Flanscha, 50, died in the collapse as well.
The York County coroner ruled on March 23 that Flanscha's cause of death was blunt-force trauma to the torso, with the manner accidental.
Anthony's autopsy was conducted the day after his death, but the cause of death wasn't released until Monday because the coroner's office was awaiting results from additional testing, Coroner Pam Gay said.
Flanscha had been with the department since 1999, and Anthony had been there since 2010. They were among a group of four firefighters in the building dealing with hot spots from a fire the day before. The two other firefighters suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.
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