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Air Conditioning Issue Results In 5 Deaths At Hollywood Rehab
Very sad news coming out of Hollywood, Florida.
Five people have died at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after Hurricane Irma caused an air conditioning issue that wasn’t resolved in a timely manner. 115 other patients were evacuated early Wednesday morning.
Via Local 10.com:
Hollywood police Chief Tomas Sanchez said that five people have died and 115 patients were evacuated.
“We’re conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here,” Sanchez said.
Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during an earlier morning news conference that two people died at the facility and three more died at nearby Memorial Regional Hospital.
Several residents from the center could be seen sitting on wheelchairs outside the nursing home next to the hospital.
An adjacent building, Larkin Community Hospital, was also evacuated.
“We don’t have specific numbers on the conditions of each of the patients involved,” city spokeswoman Raelin Storey said.
Local 10 News reporter Jenise Fernandez spoke to the man who has been trying to repair the AC. Airstron employee Dave Long said that a fuse needed to cool the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needs to be repaired. He said he’s been calling Florida Power & Light for days to get it fixed.
“There’s nothing we can do,” Long said. “We’ve been calling and calling. … It just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I can’t do anything until we get that fuse popped back in.”
This is so terrible. My heart and prayers go out to the families of those who passed away.