Firefighter John H. Saltzgiver, along with Firefighter Horace F. Strine and Firefighter Lewis M. Strubinger, were killed by a building collapse at York Carriage Works fire. They were crushed and trapped by falling walls while fighting the fire at the York Carriage Works complex on West North Street. The three-alarm fire was sounded from Box 27 at the Variety Iron Works. The wall fell over six hours after the original alarm of fire was sounded. The three men were inside the rear of the building with a hose line when the wall fell.