Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Five dead at Florida nursing home

Five dead at Florida nursing home

At least five people died and 120 were evacuated at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to fire officials.

Sharief said it was not immediately clear what caused the deaths at the nursing home, which is believed to have lost air conditioning after the storm.

Police said the building was sealed off and a criminal investigation is underway. Police are going to the 42 other assisted living facilities in the area to check on those other residents.

A total of 115 people were evacuated from the home and taken to other facilities. Multiple stretchers are also on site.

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WSVN-TV reported that the evacuations and deaths occurred at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to intense heat and no power. Families looking for information can call the hospital hotline at 954-265-1074. Airstron employee Dave Long told them that a fuse needed to cool the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needs to be repaired.

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