Eight residents of Florida nursing home die after being left without power following hurricane

A criminal investigation has been opened after eight people died and more than 100 had to be evacuated when a nursing home was left without air conditioning in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Officials said temperatures soared inside the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills, 20 miles north of Miami, after enduring a “prolonged power failure” to the transformer that powered the air conditioning units. Three residents were found dead in the facility and five more died in hospital.

“It’s a sad event,” Tomas Sanchez, the Hollywood Police Chief, told a news conference where he said an investigation was under way. “As a precautionary measure, we’ve assigned police officers to go check all the other 42 assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout the city to make sure they’re in sufficient care of the elderly.”

On Tuesday, the lowest temperature in Hollywood…

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