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8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma

17 September 2017

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Gov. Rick Scott is taking emergency measures to make sure Florida's nursing homes are safe after eight people died in an overheated assisted living facility this week. The death toll across the Caribbean stood at 38.

Police have launched a criminal investigation.

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Scott and others have questioned why and how the deaths occurred, wondering why it took so long for the nursing home to call 911. Other seniors were treated for dehydration, difficulty breathing and other heat-related illnesses.

A Hollywood Police spokeswoman said the 152-bed nursing facility-the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills-has lacked electricity, but she didn't know whether the post-Hurricane Irma power outage played a role. The center said it plans to the fight the state's efforts to shut it down. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open.

Kerting Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Memorial Healthcare System, which runs four hospitals that received the evacuees, said staff were "assessing patients and tending to the health-care needs of the residents".

Five people died in a nursing home left without air conditioning.

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"During a hurricane, its fuel water, hotels", she said. "But nobody from the facility has told me anything yet". Sanchez said precautionary checks would be done on Hollywood's 42 other nursing homes.

The Sun-Sentinel newspaper, citing the Broward County Medical Examiner's Office, said the eight people who died were between the ages of 71 and 99 years old. Nelson demanded a federal investigation. Police and firefighters evacuated 115 residents from the facility.

Meanwhile, in Central Florida, three people were found dead inside an Orlando home Tuesday from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning, officials said.

Around the state, hazards were popping up in the aftermath of the storm. The storm killed at least 33 in Florida.

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8 residents dead at Florida nursing home left without power after Irma