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6 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

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Last Updated Sep 13, 2017 12:22 PM EDT

Six people are dead at a Florida nursing home that was evacuated early Wednesday after several days without power following Hurricane Irma. 

Officials said 115 patients were evacuated from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills early Wednesday are in the process of evacuating another 18 patients from a nearby behavioral facility next door. The patients were transported to nearby hospitals.

Three people were found dead at the nursing home and two others died after arriving at the hospital, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during a press conference Wednesday. A sixth patient died later Wednesday morning, city officials said.

“We’re conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths that occurred here,” Hollywood police chief Tomas Sanchez said. 

Sanchez said that officers and fire crews responded Wednesday morning to a call from the facility about some patients in need of critical care. Police officers are conducting welfare checks at 42 other nursing home and assisted living facilities across Hollywood.

Aerial footage showed patients sitting outside in wheelchairs and others being taken out of the facility on stretchers.

Family members of the patients can call (954) 265-1074 to check on the status of their loved ones. 

At least 25 people died when Irma pounded the Southeast earlier this week, including 12 people in Florida. Residents struggling to put their lives back together have fallen victim to new hazards, including oppressive heat, brush-clearing accidents, house fires and deadly fumes from generators.

One person was found dead and three others were taken to the hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning in Daytona Beach, caused by fumes from a gas generator. 

Power outages continue to plague the state, with 4.4 million customers still without power as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management. More than 21,000 people remain in shelters across the state.  

In the Miami area, a Coral Gables apartment building was evacuated after authorities determined a lack of power made it unsafe for elderly tenants, while officers arrived at the huge Century Village retirement community in Pembroke Pines to help people on upper floors without access to working elevators. More than half the community of 15,000 residents lacked power.

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