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Eight people died after a Florida nursing home lost AC during Irma

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Updated September 13, 2017 05:01 PM EDT

The number of deaths at a Florida nursing home has risen to eight, according to the medical examiner's office.

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Eight people died after a Florida nursing home lost AC during Irma
A woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 in Hollywood, Fla. Several patients at the sweltering nursing home died in Hurricane Irma&#39;s aftermath, authorities said Wednesday. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Patients were evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Police surround the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills, Fla., which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Several patients at the sweltering nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida's 4 million senior citizens amid widespread power outages that could go on for days. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)
Hollywood Police chief Tomas Sanchez and Hollywood, Fla., Director of Public Affairs Raelin Storey, right, answer questions outside the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Hollywood, Fla. Several patients at the sweltering nursing home died in Hurricane Irma's aftermath, raising fears Wednesday about the safety of Florida's 4 million senior citizens amid widespread power outages that could go on for days. (John McCall/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP)


Updated September 13, 2017 02:39 PM EDT

Six nursing home residents have died in Hollywood, Florida, following Hurricane Irma.

Three died at the nursing home and three others died after being taken to Memorial Regional Hospital. The other 115 people living in the nursing home were evacuated.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott released a statement calling the deaths "tragic."

"I am going to aggressively demand answers on how this tragic event took place," Scott said. "Although the details of these reported deaths are still under investigation, this situation is unfathomable. Every facility that is charged with caring for patients must take every action and precaution to keep their patients safe – especially patients that are in poor health."

The governor said he's asked the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families to conduct an investigation.

Five people are dead after an air-conditioning issue at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, that is related to Hurricane Irma, according to WPLG Local 10 News.

WPLG on Wednesday reported that fire-rescue crews and paramedics were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills shortly after 7:30 a.m. local time that morning.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during a Wednesday press conference that two people died at the facility and three more died at nearby Memorial Regional Hospital.

WPLG reporter Jenise Fernandez on Wednesday spoke to the man who has been trying to repair the building’s air conditioning unit.

Airstron employee Dave Long said a fuse needed for cooling the AC unit broke during Irma’s recent passage over Florida and still needs repairs.

Some Twitter users on Wednesday voiced sorrow over the incident at the nursing home in Hollywood.


Long said that he had been calling Florida Power & Light (FPL) about fixing the AC unit’s fuse for days before the five deaths.

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“There’s nothing we can do,” he said. “We’ve been calling and calling … [It’s] frustrating.”

“It just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I can’t do anything until we get that fuse popped back in,” Long added of the situation.

WPLG reported that the Larkin Community Hospital, a building adjacent to the nursing home, has also been evacuated.

“We don’t have specific numbers on the conditions of each of the patients involved,” city spokeswoman Raelin Storey said.

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez on Wednesday confirmed that five people had died and 115 more had been evacuated from the facility.

“We’re conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here,” he said of the incident.

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