The owner of the nursing home also is an officer of Larkin Community Hospital, a medical center with a troubled history. Sanchez did not answer questions regarding whether a generator was running inside the place.
"This situation is unfathomable", Scott said.
Kerting Baldwin, a spokeswoman for Memorial Healthcare System, which runs four hospitals that received the evacuees, said staff were "assessing patients and tending to the health-care needs of the residents". It never reported losing power during the storm.
Five people are dead at a Florida nursing home that was evacuated early Wednesday after several days without power. The Florida Health Care Association, an industry group for long-term care, released a statement emphasizing the strain Hurricane Irma has put on nursing homes and care centers. Larkin bought what was then called Hollywood Hills Nursing Home and Hollywood Pavilion Hospital in a 2015 bankruptcy auction after fallout from Medicare fraud convictions sunk both facilities. He also said investigators will look into how many windows were open in the nursing home.
Officials said temperatures soared inside the Rehabilitation Centre at Hollywood Hills, 20 miles north of Miami, after enduring a "prolonged power failure" to the transformer that powered the air conditioning units.
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Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from the facility at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, according to a Hollywood Police Department spokesperson. "We're going to get this state rebuilt".
Flora Mitchell, a 61-year-old Hollywood resident, came down to the center to find her sister around noon Wednesday.
The director of nurses, when told of the observation, responded that she could not understand why the nurse had performed so poorly because she had watched the nurse wound care in the past with no issues, the report said. She said her sister could not talk or walk.
"We're certainly all very disappointed that something like this could've taken place", Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy told CNN. The city's police department is reportedly "conducting a criminal investigation into the deaths" that occurred at the nursing home. Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez declined to share with reporters further details about the generator but noted "it was extremely hot on the second floor of the facility". The Associated Press reported that before the deaths at the Hollywood nursing home, Irma was blamed for a combined 19 fatalities in Florida, Georgia and SC.
Her daughter Madeleine Alvarez said they ultimately heeded firefighters' isntructions, despite doctors warning of her mother's fragile state.