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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:17

Six dead at Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma

Written by  USA Today

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Six residents of a Florida nursing home that lost power during Hurricane Irma have died of heat-related causes following the loss of air conditioning during the outage, city and county officials said Wednesday.

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said another 115 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and the Larkin Community Hospital, including several in critical condition.

 

Sanchez said, without elaboration, that the deaths were heat-related and that his office had begun a criminal investigation. "We're not ruling anything out," he said. 

He said six people had died — three found in the facility early Wednesday, two pronounced dead at a hospital and one who died during the evacuation.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said the victims died from the lack of air conditioning after the storm knocked out electrical power for several days.

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The victims were found inside the rehabilitation center and community hospital that are located in a medical complex surrounded by a larger children's hospital.

Sanchez did not answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.

People inside the facilities started calling 911 shortly after 4 a.m.

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