8 dead at Florida nursing home after Irma

Authorities also evacuated 170 people from the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after Irma knocked out the center's air conditioning.
2:37 | 09/14/17

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The latest from Florida where Irma has knocked out power for millions. At least eight have died after a nursing home lost its air-conditioning and a criminal investigation is under way and Tom llamas on the scene in Hollywood. Good morning, Tom. Reporter: George, good morning to you. When fire rescue teams started responding to calls at this nursing home, they realized these weren't isolated incidents. This was a full-blown crisis and what may be most troubling at all is where this happened. This is the nursing home right here where people were dying and it's literally across the street from a hospital with a fully functioning E.. This morning investigators are trying to figure out how eight residents from this nursing home ended up dying, following a power problem three days after hurricane Irma hit Florida. Police and fire rescue evacuating 170 people, several suffering from dehydration and heat exhaustion. The facility called and said that incidents were occurring. Something's going on in the center unknown how many patients or their injuries. Seniors taken out in wheelchairs during the mass exodus. One of those victims, Carolyn earthly. 78 years old. She was fun. She had a very good sense of humor. I feel like she could have lived on. This extreme condition caused this. Reporter: Families of residents desperate for any information. Amber Nichols came looking for her 98-year-old great grandmother. We don't know where she is. Did they tell you they had power issues? No. Reporter: The deaths now under criminal investigation. The nursing home right across the street from memorial regional hospital. A major health care facility. The hospital is across the street. Why weren't they taken there. Who knew what, when? Reporter: The administrator releasing a statement saying they diligently prepared for the impact of hurricane Irma and that they didn't lose power but a transformer powering the ac went down. So staff set up mobile cooling units and fans to cool the facility. You were inside. How hot did it feel inside. It felt like 110. 115 degrees in there. Could you see the suffering? Yes, I did. Yes, I did. Reporter: You heard it right there. Felt like 110, 115 degrees. The state has now shut down this nursing home on orders from the governor who said what happened here is unfathomable. The nursing home has a checkered past with multiple violations for health issues. Now to the hard hit Florida

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