5 dead after Irma knocks out air conditioning at Florida nursing home

9/13/2017 5:32:21 PM

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ABC NEWS, Sep 13, 2017-- Five people are dead after Hurricane Irma knocked out air conditioning at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to ABC affiliate WPLG.

While the causes of their deaths were not immediately clear, the entire facility was evacuated due to the cooling issues.

Police said this morning that this may be related to the loss of power during the storm.

An individual handling air conditioning for the facility told ABC affiliate WPLG that a fuse was damaged during Hurricane Irma, resulting in cooling issues for the past few days. The facility itself has power, the individual said.

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Three people died at the nursing home, and two more were pronounced dead after being taken to a nearby hospital.

Officials said 115 patients were evacuated to other facilities and other patients were in process of being evacuated. The patients' conditions are not clear.

Police said a criminal investigation is underway and they are not ruling anything out.