Final Barclay Friends Senior Center fire victims' remains located

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Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Last two bodies recovered from rubble of senior center fire: Jim Gardner reports on Action News at 11 p.m., November 22, 2017

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (WPVI) -- Special Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Response Team, Pennsylvania State Police, and Chester County Fire Marshal's office have located the remaining two victims inside the charred rubble at the Barclay Friends Senior Center in West Chester.

Investigators located the remains of the first two victims on Tuesday while excavating the south wing.

The search continued Wednesday in the south wing, where investigators believe the fire started. Officials said these efforts resulted in the recovery of the two additional victims.

"We hope with the recovery of the four victims these families can now start to heal and that we can provide some closure for them," said ATF Philadelphia Field Division Special Agent in Charge Donald Robinson.

The victims were transported from the scene by the Chester County Coroner and the families of the four missing residents were notified.

Investigators said their focus will now be on trying to determine the origin and cause of this fire.

Officials said the investigation into the fire is ongoing.


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