By Tim Reynolds and Terry Spencer | Associated Press
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — Six patients at a sweltering Hollywood nursing home died in Hurricane Irma’s aftermath, authorities said Wednesday, as people confronted a multitude of new hazards in the storm’s wake, including tree-clearing accidents and lethal fumes from generators.
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Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related, and added: “The building has been sealed off and we are conducting a criminal investigation.” He did not elaborate.
Three patients were found dead at the nursing home early Wednesday, and three more died at the hospital after more than 100 in all were evacuated, many on stretchers or in wheelchairs, authorities said.
Police officers talk to an employee at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
The air conditioning was out, but Sanchez said it remained under investigation whether power was entirely cut. He didn’t answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World