20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

In this image taken from video provided by WPVI-TV, a massive fire burns at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents outside into the cold. Emergency crews transported people from the scene. (WPVI-TV via AP)

 


In this image taken from video provided by WPVI-TV, Chester County fire crews are on the scene of a fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents outside into the cold. Emergency crews transported people from the scene. (WPVI-TV via AP)

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) — A massive fire at a senior living community in Pennsylvania injured at least 20 people and forced 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 Community in West Chester, about 35 miles (56 kilometers) west of Philadelphia.


Firefighters battle a blaze at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa., Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. Chester County emergency officials say at least 20 people have been taken to area hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. (Pete Bannan/Daily Local News via AP)

The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings and flames could be seen shooting from the roofs and windows of the structures. Residents were forced to evacuate outside into the cold, with temperatures overnight hovering in the low 40s. News helicopter video showed dozens of residents on the lawn or along the street, wrapped in blankets. Many of them had been pushed in wheelchairs or rolled on beds to safety.

Chester County emergency officials said at least 20 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known.

A spokeswoman for Main Line Health, a not-for-profit health system, said one of its hospitals also was prepared to provide shelter to some additional residents of the senior living community.


Residents of the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community wait to be taken to ambulances as the senior care facility burned in a massive fire, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, in West Chester, Pa. The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents to evacuate outside into the cold. Chester County emergency officials say at least 20 people have been taken to area hospitals for treatment. (Pete Bannon/Daily Local News via AP)

According to its website, Barclay Friends offers various levels of care including memory care, skilled nursing and post-acute rehab.  A huge fire has broken out at a senior living community in Pennsylvania. The blaze was reported just before 11 p.m. Thursday at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia. (Nov. 17)

Early Friday morning, the local chapter of the American Red Cross said on Twitter that it had multiple teams on the scene and that it was working with county officials and facility staff to assist displaced residents.

A cause of the fire remained under investigation.