Massive Fire Breaks Out at Senior Living Center in West Chester, Pa.

Firefighters continue to work the scene of a fire at the the Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Pa., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

November 17, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Multiple people are injured following a massive five-alarm fire at a retirement home in Pennsylvania.

Flames broke out just before midnight on Thursday at the Barclay Friends Senior Living facility.

Many of the residents were disabled and needed extra assistance to evacuate.

Staff, first responders, and area residents worked together to quickly get everyone to safety.

So far, at least 20 people have been transported to local hospitals, however, there is no word yet on their conditions.

Officials say the fire is under control at this time, but a few hot spots are said to be active.

More than 200 people were evacutaed from the facility and more than 100 residents remain displaced.

The start of the blaze is unconfirmed, and an investigation is underway.

  • despo

    It was the fire’s fault. Not the senile gibbler cooking on a hot plate. We need more fire control laws.

  • CASSY IS SASSY

    How sad for those residents…..and how SCARY for those who are/were Wheelchair or Bed bound, during this horrifying event. Bless their little hearts……they must have been so scared.
    I pray that there are no fatalities because of this Fire.
    God Bless ALL Firefighters………Real Hero’s don’t wear capes.

  • rgeiken

    Wood frame construction seems to be vulnerable to this type of thing. I guess a lot of these places do not try to figure out how to prevent this from happening. I saw the fire on you tube and it really looked widespread. Without Fire Breaks, fire can spread far and wide in a place like that.

    • CASSY IS SASSY

      I know…Places like this try to save any money…anyway they can, even if it is dangerous. : (

    • tedlv

      Sprinklers help, too.

  • Living_The_Dream

    The issue with “news” reporting, is that everyone wants to be first. So, they put the initial story out, without having all the facts. Kind of like an appetizer, before the main dish comes out. Dessert (every nitty gritty detail) comes out after all the critics have voiced their opinion on Social media. That’s why dessert is SO SWEET! 😉 😉

    • hobartneck

      I see what you mean…

  • Andrew Moore8

    We must ban fire now….Legislatures get off your azzsses and immediately pass laws forbidding the use of fire either intentionally or accidentally….. Way to many fires in this country.,

    • Ron Brown

      not only that but it releases greenhouse gasses and deadly toxins. WE MUST return to a sensible way of living without fire.

      • LittlePumpkin

        Actually the UN sustainability plan demands local govt enforce plan to rid homes of woodburning fireplaces & bbq’s. They ignore science of decomposition (carbon molecules returning to carbon, et al) All carbon- CO2, CO, etc eventually goes back to carbon that turns into plants, food, coal.. and so on infinitum. Same with water- all water used or evaporated eventually returns to earth via precipitation. They say we’re “running out of water” We can’t run out.

        • tedlv

          Slogan from the greens in the 1980s: “Split wood, not atoms!”

        • Ron Brown

          agreed

        • CASSY IS SASSY

          That is going to be a VERY hard task to fulfill!
          There are MANY of parts of Europe, that still use their Wood Burning Fireplaces to Heat their entire house…And they use their Wood Burning Stoves in their kitchens to cook their meals also……Yes, even in these days, in the 21st Century!

        • Ron Brown

          UN sustainability plan ?? lmfao……

    • CASSY IS SASSY

      I don’t know…..I am not too fond of Sushi…….I am kinda partial to Steaks, even though I do like my steaks cooked to where a good Veterinarian could bring it back……But we NEED Fire. : )~

      • Andrew Moore8

        fire is for wimps….Eat that steak the way I do….Knock the horns off the critter and wipe it’s butt and serve it up.

        • CASSY IS SASSY

          Mmmmmmm………………………..DINNER!!!!!!

  • landy fincannon

    How old is the building, was there a sprinkler system, if not why?

  • Nancy McCabe

    From what was shown the fire looked to have started in a few different locations on the large site.

  • lilyvonshtupp00

    How did the fire start ???..

    • Mark P

      Really! don’t you love reports that ask more questions than they answer…

      • Visualverbs

        That is called ‘journalism’ in today’s world…

        • Chase

          Exactly, it is no longer about the story (who, what, where, when, how, and sometimes why), but obtaining clicks for your website by saying, here come and look at this carnage. Maybe this is why we still have no more information on the Las Vegas tragedy, than two days after the event unfolded or what happened with Uranium One or the Menendez bribery trial

      • lilyvonshtupp00

        You just did. Dolt.

        • Mark P

          I didn’t write the article. Jackass.

          • lilyvonshtupp00

            LOL..Oh…Im the jackass ? LOLOL

          • Mark P

            Funny you should ask. Yes.

    • paul-harvey du bois

      Buelah was cooking up some greens and ham hocks. No sweat, Jus’ a lil’ grease fire.

      • While Buelah’s husband was enjoying his cigar and dozed off in his chair. 😉

      • LittlePumpkin

        Did someboddy bawl fo’ Beulah??

      • lilyvonshtupp00

        Ararararar.

    • Andrew Moore8

      Heat, oxygen, and fuel would be my guess….but what do I know, I’m not a fireman.

      • Living_The_Dream

        LOL! Someone who knows the “Fire” triangle. Must be a Sailor, love some Basic DC knowledge.

        • Andrew Moore8

          Nope, not a sailor….but have been trained in firefighting.

      • tedlv

        Heat, oxygen, fuel, and a chemical reaction, according to my training. The nuclear operators I worked with and I were the fire brigade, and medical emergency first responders.

        • Andrew Moore8

          You must have been in the Navy????

          • tedlv

            No. I started at TVA in 1981, in their nuclear operator training program.

          • Andrew Moore8

            That was going to be my second guess…lol.

          • Andrew Moore8

            Now I know who to come to to get my Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator fixed….

          • tedlv

            Dude, I’m retired! 😁😁😁

          • Andrew Moore8

            Dang it…I guess NASA is going to have to fix it for me then. Lol.

      • CASSY IS SASSY

        You are so right…..And lets not forget all the Oxygen Tanks that are used and stored around those Senior Homes.

      • lilyvonshtupp00

        Nice. Tanks. Tanks a lot.

        • Andrew Moore8

          Anytime buddy….Don’t mind helping a brother out.