Breaking: Florida nursing home evacuated, 5 confirmed dead

A nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, was evacuated Wednesday morning by emergency personnel, after calls came in of deaths at the facility.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed that five people have died, and another 115 patients were evacuated, some in critical condition. Three deaths occurred at the nursing home, and two others died as they were being transported to a hospital, the mayor said.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said, “Right now, the building has been sealed off. We’re conducting a criminal investigation inside. We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm. We’re conducting a criminal investigation, not ruling anything out at this time.”

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power due to Hurricane Irma and became intensely hot inside. Officials said the facility did have a generator, but they are uncertain if it was used, or if it was even functional.

Officers have now been ordered to investigate 42 other assisted living facilities and nursing homes in the area to make certain staff are taking care of their elderly patients in the wake of the hurricane.

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