HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Six people are dead and more than 100 have been evacuated to hospitals from a nursing home that had no air conditioning following Hurricane Irma, police said Wednesday.
The nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, had electricity but suffered a “prolonged power failure” to the transformer that powered the air conditioning, the administrator said in a statement provided to NBC 6, a local television station. “Unfortunately, early this morning several patients experienced distress and there were three fatalities,” the statement said.
Two more died during the evacuation to a nearby hospital, city officials said. A sixth person also died, officials said, though it was not immediately clear when that happened.
“It’s a sad event,” Tomas Sanchez, the Hollywood police chief, said at a news conference. “As a precautionary measure, we’ve assigned police officers to go check all the other 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the city to make sure they’re in sufficient care of the elderly.”
The police were conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths, Sanchez said.
Chris Del Campo, a battalion chief for the Hollywood Fire Department, said the department received numerous calls Wednesday morning from the facility. Once the responders arrived, they noticed that it was extremely hot and around 6:30 a.m. they ordered an evacuation, he said.
The residents, as well as residents at an adjacent facility owned by the same company, were taken to several hospitals. One of them, Memorial Regional Hospital, was calling in extra staff and…
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