Multiple deaths at FL nursing home due to power outage

Their causes of death have not been confirmed.

Police opened a criminal investigation at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, where two elderly residents were found dead at the facility and four later died at a nearby hospital, officials said. "It's a sad event". As a precaution, Hollywood police officers were checking on the 42 other assisted-living facilities and nursing homes in the area.

A kitchen worker at the center told the Miami Herald that the facility "had power from a generator to cook meals, but no air conditioning".

The victims were found inside the centre which sits in a medical complex surrounded by a larger hospital.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills is not part of the Memorial Healthcare System.

The facility's administrator did not return messages left by The Washington Post.

The incident raised worries Wednesday about the safety of millions of senior citizens amid power outages that could go on for days in Florida.

According to officials, the building has been without power since Hurricane Irma struck earlier this week and may have had air-conditioning issues.

The facility reported yesterday that its fans and spot coolers were in working order, and that it had power, according to the statement.

"What we've seen is something extremely tragic that points to the need to having plans in advance when it comes to emergency preparation". The fuse needed to run the air conditioning unit was broken.

Hurricane Irma electricity loss
Some 4.3 million homes and businesses were left without power

Some 25% of homes on Florida Keys, the set of islands off the state's southern tip, are estimated to have been destroyed. "Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored".

He explained: 'Florida is an incredibly resilient state and now it is time that we come together and rebuild. For three days, the facility lacked power, and for three days, elderly patients suffered in rising heat. Randy Katz, the medical director of Memorial Regional's emergency department, said at a press conference.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the six deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and called on authorities to get to the bottom of it.

One of those included a man injured by his own chainsaw while he tried clearing a felled tree.

The death toll from Hurricane Irma is climbing with authorities reporting six patients at a Florida nursing home died after it had lost power, as millions struggle with no electricity and scarce essential services in the storm-hit state.

Even as Irma dissipated and moved inland, another danger emerged for those without power: generators. After the storm passed, a deputy took her back home and another brought her food.

"They have to get punished for what they've done", Flora Mitchell, 61, of Dania, Florida, tells PEOPLE. It then plowed north up the Gulf Coast of the state before dissipating.

Officials acknowledged many of those questions at Thursday's briefing, but they also said they're still working on definitive answers.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said about half of the county's traffic signals were out. Some are in critical condition, she said.

"I pray, I pray a lot, and I ask God to help me through it", she says.

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