5 dead, 120 evacuated from Florida nursing home due to intense heat, loss of power

More than 100 people were evacuated from a Florida nursing home Wednesday after five people were reported dead at the Hollywood facility, whose residents were suffering from intense heat caused by a lack of electricity after deadly Hurricane Irma swept through.

Irma may have moved on from Florida, but lingering dangers caused by the storm, including carbon monoxide poisoning and heat-related incidents caused by a lack of air conditioning, remain in the Sunshine State, as millions wait for power to be restored.

Hollywood Fire Rescue and police told WSVN on Wednesday a total of 120 people were evacuated at The Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills due to intense heat and no power.

“We are conducting a criminal investigation inside that we believe at this time may be related to loss of power and the storm, but we are conducting criminal investigation and not ruling anything out,” Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said, adding that it was a “sad event.” 

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed three people were pronounced dead at the facility and two others died at the hospital. 

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