Reports: 5 Dead, 120 Evacuated From Hollywood, Florida Nursing Home

By Jack Phillips, Epoch Times
September 13, 2017 9:55 am Last Updated: September 13, 2017 8:43 pm

At least five people died and 120 were evacuated at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, according to fire officials.

WSVN-TV reported that the evacuations and deaths occurred at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills due to intense heat and no power.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed that five people died, but she noted that it’s unclear if it was related to the heat. Three deaths took place at the nursing home while two deaths happened as they were being taken to the hospital.

Hurricane Irma knocked out power for millions of people. The nursing home was one of them.

Police in Hollywood said that rescue crews were called to the home at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, WLPG-TV reported.

“There’s nothing we can do,” employee Dave Long told WLPG-TV. “We’ve been calling and calling. … It just doesn’t seem to be going anywhere and I can’t do anything until we get that fuse popped back in.”

As of Wednesday morning, a WSVN helicopter was above the scene where officials were continuing to evacuate people from the home.

Reports say that at least two dozen people in the United States were killed by Irma, which hit the Florida Keys on Sunday morning as a Category 4 hurricane.

Following Irma, however, temperatures in Florida got hot and humid. It’s forecast to be 88 degrees Fahrenheit on Wednesday with a high humidity of 74 percent.

Boats are seen after being blown from the dock into the marsh after Hurricane Irma passed through in St Marys, Georgia, U.S., September 12, 2017. (Reuters/Chris Keane)
Boats sit on dry land, having been being blown from the dock when Hurricane Irma passed St Marys, Ga., on Sept. 12, 2017. (Reuters/Chris Keane)