6 die at Florida nurs­ing home in storm’s swel­ter­ing af­ter­math

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - OPINION -

HOL­LY­WOOD, FLA. » Six pa­tients at a swel­ter­ing nurs­ing home died in Hur­ri­cane Irma’s af­ter­math, rais­ing fears Wed­nes­day about the safety of Florida’s 4 mil­lion se­nior cit­i­zens amid wide­spread power out­ages that could go on for days.

Hol­ly­wood Po­lice Chief Tom Sanchez said in­ves­ti­ga­tors be­lieve the deaths at the Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Center at Hol­ly­wood Hills were re­lated to the heat. “The build­ing has been sealed off and we are con­duct­ing a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” he said.

Sanchez said in­ves­ti­ga­tors have not ruled any­thing out, in­clud­ing car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing from gen­er­a­tors. The chief said in­ves­ti­ga­tors will look into how many win­dows were open; the air con­di­tion­ing wasn’t work­ing.

Gov. Rick Scott called on Florida emer­gency work­ers to im­me­di­ately check on nurs­ing homes and as­sisted liv­ing fa­cil­i­ties to make sure pa­tients are safe. He ordered an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the “un­fath­omable” sit­u­a­tion.

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