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couple. "action news" reporter bob brooks is live at the chester county d.a.'s office in west chester. bob, authorities had more information today after a weekend of investigation. >> reporter: jim, they do. part of that grim news again think about this though on the positive side. 133 of these seniors were able to be saved. many of whom couldn't even move on their own so that's truly an incredible feat an incredible rescue mission but again, unfortunately four of those seniors still are unaccounted for. now where we begin our story we have surveillance video from inside the barclay center of some dramatic rescue. let's take a look. it's the beginning of the rescue efforts. you see a firefighter lift up a senior resident. from there it was a race against time. the opponent the massive fire so hot it was melting the rescue gear. >> they kept going back in there until their helmets were melting and cracked. >> reporter: chester county d.a. tom hogan told us grim news around 3 o'clock, that despite the incredible effort
that saved 133 seniors, four are still unaccounted for. while a team of federal investigators try to make entry into the burned building via this crane, he asks you keep the family of those missing in mind. >> say a prayer for them and their families. they're going through some of the toughest times you could possibly imagine. >> reporter: before of the four missing residents two are married couple plus two more women an 85-year-old and 93-year-old. we're also hearing more about the incredible effort by the barclay staff, first responders and neighbors to get the seniors out. >> police officers were running in there without any breathing apparatus. >> reporter: since the fire it's been an all out community effort to try and recollect if i some of what's been lost. yesterday at the goodwill fire company so many donations of items came in and within just hours potential donors had to be turned away. there was too much. and today we met jim who picked up a new walker and clothes for his father-in-law. >> the clothes, his note
clothes he called them, he crawled out and he has nothing left. >> reporter: so many people lost everything they had inside of the barclay center. new tonight we know the fire started in the back of the building. and because of high winds, it was able to spread so fast. for now reporting live in west chester, bob brooks, channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you, bob. coverage of the fire and its aftermath continues on 6abc.com with the latest on the investigation, social media updates and details on how you can help. >> ♪ and we have breaking news tonight from philadelphia police. they have made an arrest in last week's murder of an 80-year-old man on east lehigh avenue in port richmond and the suspect is the man's granddaughter. "action news" reporter sarah bloomquist is live at police headquarters and sarah, you've got the details. >> reporter: jim, we have learned that police are right now in the process of charging 21-year-old patricia diotsin with murder and possession of
an instrument of crime. the victim was her grandfather, 80-year-old robert gerard. police tell us she has confessed to stabbing gerard 41 times. the motive she tells police, her grandfather was mean to her. she lived with her grandfather in the row home at 2500 east lehigh in port richmond. she initially told police she came home and found her grandfather naked in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor last wednesday at 9 p.m. police could find no signs of forced entry and nothing had been taken from the home. there was a trail of blood leading from the victim's second floor bedroom to the kitchen where he died. so, again, this development happening right now. police have 21-year-old patricia diotsin in custody. she's being charged with murder and possession of an instrument of crime for the murder of her 80-year-old grandfather robert gerard. live at police headquarters,
i'm sarah bloomquist channel6 "action news." jim. >> thank you sarah. philadelphia police are investigating a deadly shooting near a church in north philadelphia this afternoon. police were called to the area of germantown avenue near venango street at 2 o'clock. investigators say the victim was in his late 30's or early 40's. he was shot in the head, neck and hand. the search continues for the shooter. we have an update on the health of tom ridge. the family of the former u.s. homeland security secretary and pennsylvania governor says they are cautiously optimistic that ridge will make a full recovery from a heart attack. ridge has made steady progress but remains in intensive care at a hospital in austin, texas robert tracy has officially been sworn in as wilmington's police chief. mayor mike purzycki helped with the honors today. tracy was appointed in april but had to complete six months of training before he could take the oath. the ceremony at the chase center also included the promotions of 15 officers.
attorney general jeff sessions has announced a $98 million grant to hire community police officers across the country. and several local agencies are among the 179 to receive that money. in pennsylvania, allentown police will get $750,000. coatesville and the southern chester county regional police departments each will receive $125,000. and more than $100,000 will go to smyrna police in the town of cheswold in delaware. well, they have taken the wraps off the new deck the hall light show tonight at philadelphia city hall. this is a holiday event that is liable to become a philadelphia christmas tradition for years to come. "action news" reporter christie ileto was live at city hall tonight. christie an extraordinary display and we are really pleased to be a partner. >> reporter: that's right, jim and it seems like lately every year there's something new down here for the holiday at dillworth park and this
year was no exception. it is a light show. this was video from moments ago of the 6abc independence blue cross deck the hall light show that debuted in center city, each performance is six minutes long and the west market street side of the iconic city hall building lights up with holiday lights synchronized to holiday tunes. it's a very intricate and detailed show that drew dozens of people with its debut performance. >> fabulous, beautiful. so pretty. >> it's really amazing. i didn't expect this to be here. like we just walked past and saw it so it's really cool. >> we want people to enjoy each other, each other's traditions and show a little love going into 2018. >> really cool event that we can all feel really wonderful about and it's another great holiday tradition. >> this is my first time here so it's very exciting and very good this year. >> i think it's really colorful and -- i mean, i wasn't really expecting all of this honestly. >> a nice holiday feature to
add down here to dillworth park. >> yes, definitely. something that i can enjoy over the weeks to come. >> reporter: it's already becoming a very popular feature down here and if you weren't able to make it to the very first show, don't worry because it's going to be happening every hour on the half hour and more frequently during the weekend. live in center city christie ileto "action news." jim. >> with thanksgiving just three days away final preparations for the 6abc dunkin donuts thanksgiving parade are in full swing. dancers spent the day practicing their routines today at the sheraton hotel in center city. and you can watch the 6abc dunkin donuts thanksgiving day parade with us. cecily tynan and rick williams lead our coverage of the holiday tradition. our live coverage from eakins oval begins 8:30 on thursday morning. it is already thanksgiving. salvation army staff and an army of volunteers are making sure 800 philadelphia
families have a meal on the table on thursday. they're spending every day leading up to thanksgiving cooking and packing turkey, potatoes, stuffing and apple pies at the salvation army facility in wynnefield heights. the thanksgiving to go meals will be delivered to families on thursday morning. coming up on "action news" tonight confident eagles fans are eyeing the super bowl and starting to make travel plans to minneapolis. and so are the eagles themselves as confident? we'll have reaction the day after their thumping of those dallas cowboys. cecily. >> bright sunshine today but it was definitely on the chilly side. temperatures stuck in the 40's. but there's much warmer air to the west and we tap into that the next two days before temperatures crash again right in time for thanksgiving. i'll have all the details in the accuweather 7-day forecast. >> those stories and more much when "action news" continues tonight. >> ♪
>> there are a lot of eagles fans who have thrown caution to the wind who absolutely believe that this team is going to the super bowl. then there are the travel agents who will actually have to make arrangements for eagles fans to get there. "action news" reporter walter perez has that story. >> there is no way of knowing for sure if the eagles will make it to the super bowl this coming february. but they sure are playing well. and while few people would be happier than maria henry to see them make it to the big game, don't talk to her about guarantees: okay, maria, we're going to the super bowl. we're going . >> [laughter] >> i don't want to jinx it . >> [laughter] >> reporter: maria is co-owner of m and j travel in newtown square where they have been booking travel packages
to eagles road games for years. even though the playoffs are more than six weeks away she's already getting phone calls about the big game. >> we're working on the super bowl packages yes we are. >> reporter: maria admits all she can really do now is put people's names on a waiting list but assuming the birds win the nfc her office is going to be hopping. >> today -- that sunday when they win that game and we know that we're going to the super bowl or that saturday that weekend that's when we'll be in here, the phones will be going and we'll be ready to roll. >> reporter: but all this begs the question is it too early to talk about the eagles finally winning a super bowl? some say yes. >> i'll jinx it if i say that. i'm just saying we're super bowl capable. >> reporter: live it at that. >> leave it at that. >> we'll win every game. we're good to go. >> reporter: i didn't realize it was that easy. >> that's right attitude right there. >> reporter: but others say. >> it's never too early. >> it's wishful thinking.
i'm hoping they make it. i'd love to see them there. i'd like to see them before i get put in the ground i know that. [laughter] >> reporter: now for those who don't know, the super bowl is on february 4th in minneapolis, minnesota. but on behalf of the superstitious, please don't pack your bags just yet. reporting from haverford, walter perez channel6 "action news". >> they were giving out hundreds of turkeys today in the city of camden. middle weight boxing champion and philadelphia native bernard hopkins was on hand to deliver the turkeys. price right marketplace gave away 600 birds today. they were given out on a first come first served basis. tiny libraries are popping up all over the place in west philadelphia. new identity barbershop is one of 30 businesses along lancaster avenue that that now has a crate full of books. officer jessie woodruff
>> so how much fun is it to watch jason garrett standing there with that blank expression on his face but you know that inside he's just seething. >> watching jerry jones from his perch and the cowboys -- >> chris christie once again sitting there in the box. >> wearing a notre dame sweater. >> i don't understand that. >> frontrunner. domination that's what we saw last night in dallas. eagles are not only good they seem to be getting better with each passing game. this team is special. jaime apody has more. >> reporter: this is what winning looks like. it's hugs from your family. it's flapping your wings to the delight of the visiting fans. winning is wonderful. >> winning is contagious and the guys feed off of that and so it really doesn't matter who makes the play.
it's just at the end of the day just find a way to win the game. >> right back to clement, he's into the end zone. >> reporter: doug pederson and his team stand atop all of the nfl at nine and one beating the cowboys 37 to nine. >> i think it shows -- we knew coming into the locker room at halftime we left a lot out there. i think we knew we were much better than that and we had to execute and i think it shows we have a lot of belief in each otherrism. >> reporter: the eagles have scored 30 or more points in three straight games. they haven't done that in 64 years. this winning thing is a lot of fun. >> it's a lot of fun obviously and guys enjoy coming to work every single day that they're here and the guys are having fun playing together and that's what you're seeing. it's definitely a team effort. >>. >> this is -- we got something special here going on. it's up to us to capture it and don't take anything for
granted. >> everything here is grinding. everybody wants to keep winning games. you know, it's contagious so the more you -- the more you go and the more you win, obviously the more you want to win. >> reporter: with the eagles, jaime apody channel6 "action news." >> there was one downside to the victory. eagles rookie kicker jake elliott was injured early. it happened while he was trying to make a tackle. elliott is in concussion protocol. the eagles other kicker caleb sturgis is eligible to come off injured reserve. the birds have a couple of days before they'll have to make a decision. the sixers beat the utah jazz two weeks ago without joel embiid. they might have to do it again. embiid is questionable for tonight's game against the jazz. he's dealing with knee soreness. embiid was averaging nearly 23 points per game. he's calling himself a game time decision. >> the decision is on me. i just go on out there, warm up, see how i feel, see how my body feels and if i feel good i play.
>> finally a lucky shot or two has turned a local sixers fan into a star. during saturday's game 17-year-old mike shelley of marple newtown was selected to take part in a shooting contest. he had to make a layup a free throw a 3-pointer and half court shot all in 45 seconds. watch. >> 10 seconds. >> yes. this is five, four, three, two,. [cheers and applause] >> yes, indeed. he earned a chick-fil-a gift certificate. everyone in the arena got a chick-fil-a biscuit. mike shelley recently overcame stage four lymphoma and now he hit that shot. superstar now. >> sign him up. >> good times. >> yeah. >> a nine-year-old battling leukemia gets to meet her favorite flyers player. madeline swenson of warminster and her family what invited to this morning's practice in voorhees. afterwards claude giroux stopped by and presented
>> thanksgiving may be days away but it looked like halloween this morning at a school in the parkside section of philadelphia. kindergarteners dressed up as superheros at discovery charter school. the goal of this parade to get the boys and girls engaged in reading by pretending to be the character teachers are hoping the kids will want to read more books.
noble cause. all kinds of fun for the kids. >> yes. >> let's get that week ahead from accuweather and cecily tynan. >> all in all it's looking pretty nice. definitely on the cool side today. the action cam taking a look in fairmount park where we had blue skies and sunshine. still some foliage on the leaves but notice how they're getting whipped in the winds. we had winds today sustained about 15 to 20 miles an hour and of course thursday on thanksgiving the winds are really a big factor. if the winds are too strong we can't get the balloons to go up. fortunately it's looking nice for the 6abc dunkin donuts thanksgiving day parade. winds generally out of the northwest five to 10 miles per hour. loads of sunshine but notice the temperatures. if you're heading for the parade you really do need to bundle up. at 8 o'clock, 34 degrees. at 9 o'clock, when the parade broadcast begins, only 37 and even by noon when the parade is wrapping up, temperatures only in the low 40's. so, we do have some cool air on the way but the next two
days temperatures actually will be increasing. right now the winds have diminished substantially from earlier today. wind speeds right now in philadelphia at 10 miles per hour. allentown reading and wilmington seven, trenton three and the winds have calmed in atlantic city and the winds will continue to calm overnight. currently the wind chill, though, makes it feel like 41 in philadelphia, allentown 33, wilmington 38 and the poconos 28 degrees. so definitely an evening for the winter coat. satellite and radar showing high pressure is really dominating our weather. there is a front that's beginning to get its act together. that will be moving through very early on wednesday morning but it's limited in moisture. so, all in all, this week is going to be pretty quiet. for the most part dry. tonight clear and cold with lighter winds without any cloud cover. temperature down to 29 degrees in the suburbs, about 35 degrees for center city. and if you didn't like today's 48 degrees, tomorrow up into the upper 50's. temperatures running about 5 degrees above normal with that wind out of the
southwest. philadelphia 59, the same in millville. allentown 57, trenton 57. allentown 56 and dover up to 60 degrees with a good amount of sunshine. now future tracker showing the cold front that pushes in in the wee hours of the morning on wednesday is limited in moisture. by 4 o'clock in the morning, could have a quick band of showers but it pulls offer off the coast very quickly. by 8:30 we're drying out, the sunshine is back and cooler air will play catchup with the system. it won't be arriving on wednesday. so, wednesday 54 degrees, the sunshine is back by mid morning. smooth for traveling. on thursday, that's when that colder air will be arriving with that high pressure but with the high pressure right over us, again, the winds will be light, loads of sunshine, all in all a pretty nice thanksgiving for us. we like things quiet on a week like this. so, the exclusive accuweather 7-day forecast, after a chilly morning tomorrow, temperatures rise up into the upper 50's on the mild side with the winds out of the southwest, mostly
sunny skies. wednesday a very early shower between about 3 o'clock and 7 o'clock in the morning, then the sunshine is back. temperatures will be seasonable with a high of 54 degrees. on thursday, though, cold turkey for thanksgiving. temperatures dropping back into the mid 40's. lots of sunshine. on friday, a nice recovery. we're back up into the low 50 and then we have another cold front moving through over the weekend. ahead of it winds out of the southwest bump the temperature up to 58 degrees on saturday. could have a few late day showers behind it. it's windy and it's chilly as the eagles take on the bears on 1 o'clock at the linc 45 degrees, so dress in layers. behind that system we have the coldest air mass so far of the season on monday with temps stuck in the 30's. >> that's it. >> that's it. >> okay. >> next seven days. [laughter] >> thank you, cecily. abc's "world news tonight" with david muir next on channel6. "action news" continues at 10:00 on phl17 with brian taff sharrie williams adam joseph
and ducis rodgers. then please join us for a special report at 11:00 here on channel6. investigative reporter wendy saltzman is exposing a car hack that thieves are using to steal your vehicle. >> reporter: as cars get smarter, so do car thieves. >> today's cars are nothing but computers on wheels. >> reporter: i'm investigative reporter wendy saltzman. we'll show you the high tech way crooks are stealing your wheels. plus why this high tech trend is hard for police to detect. don't miss my special report cyber car hacking tonight on "action news" at 11:00. >> and for cecily tynan, ducis rodgers, and the entire "action news" team, i'm jim gardner. we hope you'll join us for "action news" at 11:00. >> ♪
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