Video shows conditions inside sweltering nursing home where 8 died

Hurricane Irma

"The initial investigation has determined that the facility's air conditioning system was not fully functional", the city of Hollywood, Florida, said in a statement.

Rivard said he's always amazed by homeowners - especially Canadians who purchased second residences when they were extremely cheap during the housing collapse - who decline to take out a policy because of the increased cost.

A third call later came in as well, police said. A patient had gone into cardiac arrest - and died.

Dozens of the state's senior centers still lacked electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, and several facilities were forced to evacuate.

Even in the face of a storm that shrouded almost the entire state and had officials still piecing together its destruction, the news Wednesday from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills stood out, with victims as old as 99 among the dead and worries the count could grow.

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson called the six deaths in Hollywood "an inexcusable tragedy" and called on authorities to get to the bottom of it.

The center, which police sealed off as a crime scene on Wednesday, was officially ordered closed to new admissions by the state's Agency for Health Care Administration.

The physician listed in state records as the nursing home's manager, Dr. Jack Michel, ran afoul of state and federal regulators in 2004 over a hospital and group of assisted-living facilities he partially owned.

US President Donald Trump visits hurricane-ravaged Florida on Thursday where police are probing the deaths of eight patients inside a nursing home as Hurricane Irma left millions in the state without power. Both of her parents are still being treated after the ordeal, but she said she does not know which facility she will place them in when they are discharged soon.

When they arrived, paramedics were treating a critically ill patient near the entrance.

"We went by to see her the day before she passed away", Johnson told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday. Some of the patients admitted to nearby Memorial Regional Hospital had temperatures of up to 106 degrees, hospital officials said Thursday. As many as 100 hospital employees rushed over to help.

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"I want to thank everybody", Trump said.

"That is a hard proposition", she said.

The deaths have prompted authorities to question how the conditions at the nursing home lasted for so long.

Broward officials said that the nursing home was in compliance with state and federal rules that require an evacuation plan.

Paulburn Bogle, a member of the housekeeping staff, said employees fought the lack of air conditioning with fans, cold towels, ice and cold drinks for patients.

Rehabilitation Center officials couldn't immediately be reached for comment. NBC 6 is working to identify the woman and check on her condition. "We cared for them like family".

Richard Beltran, a spokesman for Florida Power & Light, said Wednesday: "What we know now is that a portion of the facility did, in fact, have power, that there was a hospital across the parking lot from this facility and that the nursing home was required to have a permanently installed operational generator".

A state inspection report in February 2016 cited the facility for failing to comply with regulations for emergency generators. Veroy also said the facility has had issues with its air conditioning and mold in the past. "But nobody from the facility has told me anything yet".

Evangelina Moulder hired an attorney after her 93-year-old mother became severely dehydrated on Wednesday.

The nursing home eventually evacuated all of its patients Wednesday morning at the order of the responding crews. On one unannounced visit, I encountered an older man helplessly splayed on the floor, naked - as staff walked by with food trays.

"She said, 'It's very hot in here, ' and the staff said, 'Yes, it is, '" Dean said.

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