14 deaths from Florida nursing home that lost AC in Irma

Henrietta Brewer
October 9, 2017

Weeks after Miguel Antonio Franco died when his Florida nursing home lost air conditioning from Hurricane Irma, his wife, Cecilia Franco, became the 13th person to die from the incident, police confirmed to ABC News today.

Francesca Andrade, 95, and Cecilia Franco, 90, have died, Hollywood Police said.

Investigators are seen on September 13, 2017, at a Florida nursing home where multiple people died during Hurricane Irma.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, in a letter, notified the state that it let 245 employees go on September 20, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Medical staff from Memorial Regional Hospital, which is near the nursing home, described a chaotic scene of evacuating the patients from the nursing home after three came into the emergency room with "extraordinarily high temperatures". The center was evacuated that day, but four more people have died since.

The dead range in age from 57 to 99.

Authorities have not charged anyone, but the police are treating the deaths as a criminal matter.

Laid off were certified nursing assistants, licensed practical nurses, occupational or physical therapists, registered nurses, doctors, environmental or laundry workers, administrative assistants "and others who worked in activities, dietary aid, engineering and supplies", the report said.

The governor also said that in calls between nursing home administrators and state officials, the center's staff didn't indicate that anyone was in danger.

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