6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

Relative Wants Answers in Death of Woman at Care Home

The neighboring Larkin Community Hospital was also being evacuated, Local 10 reports.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and he is "going to aggressively demand answers".

Sharief said there are no details about the cause of the deaths.

They do not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. It never reported losing power during the storm.

Not counting the nursing home deaths, at least 13 people in Florida have died in Irma-related circumstances, many of them well after the storm had passed.

PHOTO: Hurricane Irma knocks out air conditioning at the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla. Its "overall rating", which includes staffing, fire safety and health inspections, was listed as "below average". In both instances, the nursing home corrected these deficiencies.

At the time, Michel was investigated by a plethora of agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Inspector General, the Florida Medicaid Fraud Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said he's been calling Florida Power & Light for days to get the air conditioning fixed and that there was nothing he could do.




Carvelli found staff members proactive after they evacuated his mother.

The Miami Herald quoted Flora Mitchell, a 61-year-old who had come to search for information about her sister, a resident there for 10 years. She said there were 2,840 crews working throughout the county. "Right now I just want to figure this out", he said. "Nobody's telling us nothing".

The nursing home was bought at a bankruptcy auction two years ago after its previous owner went to prison for Medicare fraud, according to news reports at the time of the sale.

Officials said that a call for service was made around 4 a.m. and responders "found several patients in varying degrees of medical distress".

"It's extremely hot on the second floor of the facility", Sanchez said, but wouldn't specify if any of the six victims lived on the second floor of the two-floor building. The nursing home's maintenance director could not produce documentation to show that either the emergency generator "had been replaced" or that there were plans for a "permanent generator" to be installed, inspector records showed.

"There's nothing we can do", Long said.

Officials were investigating a number of deaths believed to be related to the storm, though it was not clear whether Irma was directly responsible in every case.

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