5 die at nursing home as death toll in Irma's wake mounts – New York News

Five patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm’s wake, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents and poisonous fumes from generators.


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Five patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm’s wake, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents and poisonous fumes from generators.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the five deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: “The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation.” He gave no details.

A total of 115 patients were evacuated from the nursing home, which lost power in the storm and had no air conditioning. Sanchez did not answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.

Also in the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

In addition, at least five people died and more than a dozen were treated for breathing carbon monoxide fumes from generators in the Orlando, Miami and Daytona Beach areas.

Aside from the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida were…

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