Tragic A/C was on fritz

New York Post - - NEWS - Eileen AJ Con­nelly, Wires

Air con­di­tion­ing broke down of­ten at the Florida nurs­ing home where eight el­derly peo­ple died last week in the swel­ter­ing af­ter­math of Hur­ri­cane Irma, a for­mer se­nior em­ployee said.

Cristina Bichachi, the for­mer busi­ness-de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor at the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter at Hol­ly­wood Hills, told the Associated Press that the air con­di­tion­ing went on the fritz “many, many times” dur­ing the three years she worked there.

Nurs­ing home owner Jack Michel never re­placed the sys­tem, Bichachi said. Michel’s at­tor­ney didn’t re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment from the AP.

Bichachi, who quit over a year ago, said the A/C in the 152-bed fa­cil­ity of­ten shut down for two or three days at a time.

Last week, the tem­per­a­tures in­side some pa­tients’ rooms re­port­edly climbed to over 100 de­grees, even­tu­ally forc­ing the evac­u­a­tion of 145 pa­tients.

Nurs­ing home of­fi­cials blamed a blown trans­former for cut­ting power to the air con­di­tion­ing unit.

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