Five dead at Florida nursing home, TV reports

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"If they find out that anyone wasn't acting in the best interests of their patients, we will hold them accountable to the fullest extent of the law, Scott said in a statement". Rescue workers found a portable gasoline generator running inside the home.

Six people at a Florida nursing home have died after residents were stuck in sweltering conditions following Hurricane Irma.

There are some conflicting details about exactly how much power the building lost.

Local authorities have opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of the six residents staying at Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills. A Tampa man died after the chain saw he was using to remove trees kicked back and cut his carotid artery.

The number of deaths blamed on Irma in Florida climbed to 13 with the carbon monoxide deaths, in addition to four in SC and two in Georgia.

It also claimed the lives of 37 people when it devastated many parts of the Caribbean.

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"Approximately 150 facilities out of the almost 700 (nursing) facilities in the state do not now have full power services restored", continued the FHCA statement.

A man trying to fix the AC unit, Airstron employee Dave Long, told Local 10 a fuse that cooled the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needed to be repaired. When residents of the lower Keys are finally allowed to return they will find nearly total devastation. She said there were 2,840 crews working throughout the county.

President Donald Trump and his wife, Melania, were to visit Florida to survey the damage on Thursday. The storm has presented risks and challenges for the elderly population in Florida, where about one in 5 residents are age 65 or older. The facility is across the street from Memorial Regional Hospital, which never reported losing power during Hurricane Irma.

"There's nothing we can do", Long said. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on the patients, and gave them cold drinks.

"They were sick already".

"We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm", he said about the victims, adding that he assigned officers to check 42 other nursing homes to make sure they're safe.

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Hurricane Irma's devastation continues to affect Floridians, now leaving eight people dead at a nursing home. But the most recent state inspection reports showed no deficiencies in the area of emergency plans.

An individual handling air conditioning for the facility told ABC affiliate WPLG that a fuse was damaged during Hurricane Irma, resulting in cooling issues for the past few days.

"We need to know what happened to her", she said.

However, the facility is under the evacuation order, but the evacuation needs to come in effect. A nursing home spokesperson said that a number of its residents had been having respiratory issues. Utility officials warned it could take 10 days or more for power to be fully restored.

The bridge that crosses the river is just north of Gainesville, the state capital and home to the University of Florida.

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