5 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma knocks out power

One person died at the Rehabilitation Center in Hollywood Hills

Five Hollywood nursing home residents died Wednesday morning after they fell ill in a building left without air conditioning after Irma blasted South Florida, according to authorities at the scene.

Sharief said it was not immediately clear what caused the deaths at the nursing home, which is believed to have lost air conditioning after the storm. No information has been released on the conditions of the other residents. The building has been sealed off while police investigate.

Paramedics and fire-rescue crews were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The fuse needed to maintain the air-conditioning unit was broken as Hurricane Irma passed through the area.

Millions of people across Florida have lost power since Irma began lashing the state, and utilities have warned that some of the outages could extend for days or even weeks.

Information from the Associated Press and WPLG-TV was used in this report. "We've been calling and calling ..."

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