Florida deaths

The Guardian - - INTERNATIONAL -

Five pa­tients at a Florida nurs­ing home have died as peo­ple across the state strug­gle with new haz­ards in the af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma, in­clud­ing op­pres­sive heat and poi­sonous fumes from gen­er­a­tors.

Tom Sanchez, Hol­ly­wood’s po­lice chief, said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieved the five deaths at the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Hol­ly­wood Hills were heat-re­lated, and added: “The build­ing has been sealed off and we are con­duct­ing a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” The home lost its air con­di­tion­ing in the storm.

In ad­di­tion, at least five peo­ple died across the state and more than a dozen were treated for breathing car­bon monox­ide fumes from gen­er­a­tors. Else­where in the US, Irma has been blamed for four deaths in South Carolina and two in Ge­or­gia.

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