Sprinkler valve was off during 2017 fatal senior home fire | witf.org

FILE: 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) This story has been updated. (Philadelphia) — The main sprinkler valve had been turned off before a 2017 five-alarm fire at a Pennsylvania senior nursing and rehabilitation center that left four residents dead and injured two dozen people, federal investigators said Thursday. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosions released the final investigative report into the cause of the huge blaze at Barclay Friends Senior Living Community in West Chester, Chester County. The fire likely started near a patio under an overhang at the multi-building facility, investigators said, but they could not determine the exact origin or cause because of the extensive damage. Local officials requested the federal agency’s investigative help because of the fire’s size and the…
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US weather – live updates: 12 dead as polar vortex brings record low temperatures approaching -50F | The Independent

The polar vortex in the US is expected to see records tumble as temperatures reach minus 40F – and a town in Michigan called Hell freezes over.  Chicago is expected to break the city’s record of minus 26F (minus 32C), set more than 30 years ago as the cold snap intensifies. Some nearby isolated areas could see temperatures as low as minus 40F (minus 40C), that would break the
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Lifestyle guru B. Smith has Alzheimer’s. Her husband has a girlfriend. Her fans aren’t having it. – The Washington Post

She was the β€œblack Martha Stewart” until the disease struck. He says his critics just don’t understand.
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