Six dead at Florida nursing home without power after hurricane

Andrew Cummings
September 17, 2017

Eight patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died this week after being exposed to the heat.

Florida residents are counting the cost of Irma's destruction.

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC.

The neighboring Larkin Community Hospital was also being evacuated, Local 10 reports. Three patients were found dead the facility and others were found there "in need of immediate transport", officials said.

The president, wearing a white baseball cap with "USA" written on it, later visited Naples, near where Irma first reached the United States mainland on Sunday, handed out sandwiches to residents at a feeding station under a blue shade pavilion.

Trump and Melania Trump with Vice President Mike Pence and Florida Governor Rick Scott.

The nursing home deaths brought the total number of storm-related fatalities in Florida to 20 and illustrated the urgency of restoring electricity to millions of people across the southern state.

Investigators and loved ones are now seeking answers after eight people died in relation to a Hollywood nursing home that lost power. Broward County said the home alerted officials Tuesday that it had lost power, but when asked if it had any medical needs or emergencies, it did not request help.

Four more died in hospitals after the sweltering facility was evacuated Wednesday morning in a chaotic blur of events that prompted checks of other nursing homes in the area. By the afternoon, five more had died. Others were treated for dehydration, breathing difficulties and other heat-related problems.

"We're looking into the temperatures inside the facility, the staffing inside the facility and the conditions leading up to these incidents", said Storey who also confirmed that police had received a warrant to search inside the facility. Scott said the state has had multiple points of contact with the facility before the Wednesday's deaths. We're conducting a criminal investigation inside.

In a press conference Thursday, Memorial Regional staff members said that when they arrived at the center, they saw patients in distress and in bad shape.

Scott on Saturday blamed the nursing home for what he described as its failure to protect life.

Sanchez declined to say exactly how hot it was in the building when authorities arrived, simply saying: "I can tell you it was very hot on the second floor".

"The staff has never been in any way disrespectful to me or my mom", he told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

Scott vowed to punish anyone found culpable in the deaths.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and demanded a federal investigation. Police officials said other patients were in critical care.

The nursing home's maintenance director could not produce documentation to show that either the emergency generator "had been replaced" or that there were plans for a "permanent generator" to be installed, inspector records showed.

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