One person tragically passed away at the scene of building collapse in Adams County the morning of Friday, July 29.
Units were called to the 300 block of Spicer Road at 7:26 a.m., for a report of a structure collapse with entrapment. They arrived and found a large, 600-foot chicken house that suffered a complete pancake-style collapse along the entire length of the building.
According to Pennsylvania State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Megan Frazer, eight contractors were working inside the vacant structure, which was being prepped for demolition, when the building collapsed.
Seven of those contractors were able to extricate themselves from the building, and were transported to local trauma centers. One victim was trapped in the collapse, and was unfortunately found deceased after an exhaustive, extensive four-hour advanced technical rescue operation by hundreds of firefighters that spanned across six counties and two specially trained dogs for human scent.
The victim was identified as Jose Rojas-Flores, 53, of Harrisburg, according to Adams County Coroner Pat Felix. Rojas-Flores died of traumatic asphyxiation and the manner of death was ruled accidental.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deceased victim’s family and to those that were injured,” Frazer said. “WellFlight 2-8 landed at the scene during rescue efforts, but was placed available when the victim was determined to be deceased,” said Heidlersburg Fire Co. Fire Chief Dwayne Keene.
Assisting Heidlersburg Volunteer Fire Co. on the massive incident included Southeastern Adams Volunteer Emergency Services, Hanover Area Fire & Rescue, Community Lifeteam EMS, Harney Volunteer Fire Co., Bendersville Volunteer Fire Co., Yellow Breeches EMS, Cumberland Goodwill EMS, Union Fire Co. of Carlisle, Northeast Fire & Rescue of Enola, Mechanicsburg Fire Department, West End Fire & Rescue of Shippensburg, Harrisburg City Bureau of Fire, Shrewsbury Volunteer Fire Co., Irishtown Fire Co., Alpha Fire Co. of Littlestown, Barlow Volunteer Fire Co., United Hook & Ladder, Arentsville Community Fire Co., York Springs Volunteer Fire Co., Adams County Department of Emergency Services, Frederick County Fire Department, Junior Fire Co. of Frederick, Urbana Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co., Vigilant Hose Co. of Emmitsburg, Gettysburg Fire Department, Adams Regional EMS, Biglerville Hose & Truck Co., Northeast Adams Fire & EMS, Adams County Red Cross, WellFlight 2-8, Southern Area Fire & Rescue of Dallastown, York City Fire Department, York Hospital Medic 97, Northern York County Fire & Rescue, Union Fire & Hose Co. of Dover Township, Wrightsville Hose Co., West Manchester Township Fire Department, Defense Logistics Agency Fire Department, York Area United Fire Rescue, Dover Township Volunteer Fire Co., the Adams County Coroner, a Hanover Borough municipal vacuum truck, and countless additional units.