5 dead, others evacuated at Hollywood nursing home without power after Irma

Elias Hubbard
September 13, 2017

Two residents were confirmed dead at the facility while three others died a short time after being rushed to the nearby Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a morning press conference.

The incident happened at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills at 1200 N. 35th Avenue, Hollywood police officials said.

The chief of Hollywood police said a criminal investigation has been opened up into the deaths of the residents, but did not offer any further details.

Police evacuated some 120 residents on Wednesday from the facility, which the storm left without air conditioning.

Video from above the scene shows the buildings residents sitting on wheelchairs outside the nursing home.

Dave Long, a fix man, told WPLG that the building's air conditioning unit fell out during Hurricane Irma. Families looking for information can call the hospital hotline at 954-265-1074. He said he's been calling Florida Power & Light for days to get it fixed. "We've been calling and calling".

Tuesday's low temperature in Hollywood, according to the National Weather Service, was 79 degrees.

Check back with NBC 6 for updates.

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