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Owner of nursing home where 6 died has history of fraud allegations

Owner of nursing home where 6 died has history of fraud allegations

Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez said that the authorities were investigating the deaths and looking at every possibility, adding that nothing would be ruled out, including a criminal angle to the investigation. More patients were also being taken to the hospital from the facility, and Broward County Fire Rescue helped local agencies evacuate the whole place, a total of 115 people.

The shocking news that eight people who were residents of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood, Fla., died at the facility in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma has sparked many questions about how such a thing could happen.

Florida Power & Light provided electricity to parts of the nursing home but the facility was not on a county top-tier list for emergency power restoration, the utility said.

A police spokesperson simply said "a number of people" were "in respiratory distress" at the facility.

"What we've seen is something extremely tragic", Mr. Gould said.

Eight residents died at a Florida nursing home which has been without power since Hurricane Irma and the state governor vowed a full investigation into what he called an "unfathomable" event.

Florida residents who evacuated ahead of the storm faced lengthy traffic jams, meanwhile, as they returned to check out their homes after days in shelters or with friends or family.

The nursing home is believed to lost air conditioning after Hurricane Irma, the actual cause of death was not cleared immediately. "That's why we are camped out there and doing whatever we can to assist them in this process". "We all have elderly people in facilities, and we all know we depend on those people in those facilities to care for a vulnerable elderly population". Though staff tried to gather as many residents as possible near cooling fans, it might not have been enough to keep patients at a safe temperature.

Irma killed at least 36 people in Florida, Georgia and SC, according to officials.

The death toll from the storm approached 80 as officials continued to assess the damage after Irma powered through the Caribbean as one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes on record and slammed into the Florida Keys archipelago with sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour (215 km per hour).

Representatives of the for-profit nursing home, which had received a "below average" grade from Medicare's rating system for such facilities, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Numerous seniors were rushed to Memorial Regional Hospital after more than 150 of them were evacuated.

They do not, however, represent the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

Another seven people died in Monroe County, which includes the Keys, officials said on Wednesday.

Through a representative, Carballo told the SunSentinel newspaper that the home has a back-up generator but that it does not power the air conditioning.

An estimated 150 facilities out of the almost 700 in the state are now without full power services, the association said.

Customers who lost electricity on Florida's eastern side will likely have it restored by this weekend because fewer electrical poles came down than in other parts of the state, the company said.

With millions of people in Florida still lacking power, officials are urging those who need a break from the heat to visit cooling centers and drink water. In addition, the nursing home is situated in the same location as well.