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.
What we know about the nursing home in Hollywood FL:
-5 confirmed dead
-115 have been evacuated
-Criminal investigation underway pic.twitter.com/LIoTf9O7kN
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 13, 2017
Officials say they do not yet have the conditions of the 115 patients evacuated from the Florida nursing home where 5 others died pic.twitter.com/nhAvvsxyaD
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 13, 2017
— WSVN 7 News (@wsvn) September 13, 2017
5 dead, others evacuated at Hollywood nursing home without power after Irmahttps://t.co/79TAmzyZkj
— Nicole Rodriguez (@NicRodriguez) September 13, 2017
5 elderly reported dead in Hollywood FL. nursing home after no one checked on them post #HurricaneIrma 120 evacuated now.
— Laura Garcia Cannon (@LauraGarciaCann) September 13, 2017
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