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09/13/2017 10:14 am ET Updated 16 minutes ago

5 Dead At Florida Nursing Home Following Hurricane Irma

The facility was left without air conditioning in the wake of the storm.

Five people died at a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida, after Hurricane Irma knocked out the facility’s air conditioning system, officials said Wednesday.

Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief confirmed the deaths Wednesday morning during a news conference. The facility, which has since been identified as the Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, evacuated 115 residents.

“To my knowledge and to my understanding, what I have right now, there’s a total of five deaths from the same facility,” Sharief said. “Three occurred at the facility and two, on arrival to the hospital, were pronounced deceased.”

Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr confirmed that the “rehabilitation center” was in his district.

Local ABC affiliate WPLG spoke to the air conditioner repairman who’d been trying to fix the rehab center’s cooling system.

Airstron employee Dave Long told WPLG that he had called Florida Power & Light several times over a period of days, requesting the company fix a broken fuse that had popped out during Irma.

“There’s nothing we can do,” Long said. “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.”

A representative for FPL did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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