At least five people have died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, the Broward County Mayor confirmed Wednesday morning.
The deaths may be due to the loss of the home’s air-conditioning after Hurricane Irma struck Sunday, according to CNN affiliate WPLG. The causes of death are still being investigated, Hollywood, FL Police Chief said.
“We are conducting a criminal investigation (and) not ruling anything out at this time,” Sanchez said at a press conference Wednesday.
Three died at the nursing home, and two others died after being transported to Memorial Regional Hospital, Sharief said.
Firefighters have evacuated 115 people, some of whom are in critical condition or are having trouble breathing, from the nursing home, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.
“There are a number of critical patients,” Story said.
More patients in a nearby health facility are also being evacuated, Story said.