20 injured in fire at Pennsylvania senior living community

News helicopter video showed dozens of residents lined up along the street, wrapped in blankets, many of them in wheelchairs

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, 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)


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.

A spokeswoman for a Pennsylvania hospital says seven patients have been admitted with conditions related to smoke inhalation.

Spokeswoman Bridget Therriault said Friday that the seven patients at Paoli Hospital are in fair condition after the late-night Thursday blaze at the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia.

Nearby residents say firefighters are still dousing hotspots after bringing the fire under control around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Multiple neighbors say they helped with the rescue effort, wrapping the elderly in blankets and carrying them to ambulances in makeshift gurneys.
According to its website, Barclay Friends offers various levels of care including memory care, skilled nursing and post-acute rehab.

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.

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