10th person dies week after Florida nursing home evacuation

Posted at 11:30 PM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 14:31:32-04

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) -- Police say a tenth person has died nearly a week after the evacuation of a Florida nursing home that Hurricane Irma left without air conditioning.

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Hollywood Police Department spokesman Miranda Grossman says in a news release that a 94-year-old woman who had been a patient at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills died Wednesday.

That death came a day after a 93-year-old man died on Tuesday.

Facility staff began calling 911 on Sept. 12, three days after Irma hit. By the next morning, rescue officials realized how bad the situation was at the center, which had operated for days without air conditioning and made the rooms stiflingly hot.

Eight people died and 145 patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs.

Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame.