5 dead after air conditioning issue forces evacuation at Florida nursing home

13 September, 2017, 17:54 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • 5 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

At least five people died and 120 were evacuated at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to fire officials. Sharief said there are no details about the cause of the deaths. The facility has evacuated its residents.

Hollywood police did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE. The building has been sealed off while police investigate.

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There are other medical facilities in South Florida that are dealing with AC issues as well, officials. Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

A phone number has been set up for family members to check on their loved ones: 954-265-1074. Airstron employee Dave Long told them that a fuse needed to cool the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needs to be repaired. Florida Light and Power has been called for several days to fix the issue, but crews have not yet been able to come to the home.

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An unusually large hurricane, Irma left an exceptional swath of damage on both Florida coasts and almost everywhere in between. The NHC said that it is weakening, while retaining hurricane strength before weakening to Category 1 strength.


Information from the Associated Press and WPLG-TV was used in this report. "We've been calling and calling".

This is a developing story.

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