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Five-alarm fire tears through nursing home, injuring at least 20

At least 20 people were injured in a massive fire that engulfed a senior living community in Pennsylvania.

Firefighters received reports of a blaze at around 11 p.m. Thursday at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, about 35 miles west of Philadelphia.

The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings and flames could be seen shooting from the roofs and windows of the structures.

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Chester County emergency officials said at least 20 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

(Pete Bannon/Daily Local News/via AP)

Residents were forced to evacuate outside in the cold, with aerial video footage showing dozens of people lined up along the street, wrapped in blankets. Many were in wheelchairs.

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 said area hospitals also were providing shelter to some additional residents of the senior living community.

A cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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The fire quickly spread to multiple buildings, forcing residents outside into the cold.

(WPVI-TV/via AP)

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