Medical Examiner: 8 patients from Florida nursing home dead after A/C knocked out after Irma

HOLLYWOOD, Fl. — Eight people people have died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida  Wednesday,  according to the Broward County Medical Examiner.

A criminal investigation has been launched into the deaths of the patients at a Florida nursing home in Irma’s aftermath.

Hollywood Police Chief Tom Sanchez said investigators believe the five deaths at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were heat-related. He said the building has been sealed off for the criminal investigation but didn’t give further details.

Broward County Medical Examiner has released the names of the 8 nursing home residents who died after AC was knocked out.

A total of 115 patients were evacuated from the nursing home, which lost power in the storm and had no air conditioning. Sanchez did not answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.

Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said the place had been hot but manageable the past few days. The staff used fans, put cold towels and ice on the patients and gave them cold drinks.