20 hurt in fire at Pennsylvania senior living neighborhood

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WPVI-TV via AP/ AP In this image drawn from video, a huge fire burns at the Barclay Buddies Elder Living Neighborhood in West Chester, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The fire quickly infected several structures, forcing locals outside into the cold. Emergency situation crews carried individuals from the scene.

Published Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017|9:40 p.m.

Updated 7 hours, 58 minutes ago

WEST CHESTER, Pa.– An enormous fire at a senior living neighborhood in Pennsylvania hurt at least 20 individuals and required dozens more, many of whom were unable to walk, into the cold night air.

The blaze was reported around 11 p.m. Thursday at Barclay Friends Senior Living Neighborhood in West Chester, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Philadelphia.

The fire quickly infected multiple structures and flames might be seen shooting from the roofings and windows of the structures. Homeowners were forced to evacuate outside into the cold, with temperature levels over night hovering in the low 40s. News helicopter video showed dozens of locals on the yard or along the street, wrapped in blankets. A lot of them had actually been pressed in wheelchairs or rolled on beds to safety.

Chester County emergency situation officials said at least 20 individuals were taken to area healthcare facilities for treatment. The degree of their injuries was not immediately known.

A spokeswoman for Main Line Health stated location hospitals also were supplying shelter to some extra homeowners of the senior living community.

According to its website, Barclay Pals provides different levels of care consisting of memory care, proficient nursing and post-acute rehab.

Early Friday early morning, the local chapter of the American Red Cross said on Twitter that it had several groups on the scene and that it was dealing with county authorities and center staff to assist displaced homeowners.

A cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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