A huge fire in a senior living community in Pennsylvania wounded at least 20 people and forced dozens more to flee, a lot of whom were not able to walk, in the cold night air.
Firefighters were still dousing hot spots Friday, although the inferno was announced under control just before 1:30 a.m.
The blaze was reported about 11 p.m. Thursday in Barclay Friends Senior Living Area in West Chester, about 35 miles (56 km) west of Philadelphia.
The fire quickly spread into several buildings and flames could be seen shooting out of the roofs and roofs of these constructions. Residents were forced to flee outside to the chilly, with temperatures instantly hovering in the low 40s. Many of these were pushed in wheelchairs or wrapped on beds to security.
The extent of their injuries wasn’t immediately known.
A spokeswoman for Main Line Health, a non-profit health program, said one of its own hospitals also was ready to give refuge to a extra residents of their senior living area.
According to its site, Barclay Friends provides different levels of maintenance such as memory care, skilled nursing and post-acute rehabilitation.
Early Friday morning, the local chapter of the American Red Cross stated on Twitter that it had multiple groups around the scene and that it had been working with county officials along with center personnel to aid displaced citizens