Five people are dead after an air-conditioning issue that forced the evacuation of a Hollywood nursing home, Broward County's mayor said.
Paramedics and fire-rescue crews were called to the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills shortly after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman only confirmed that one person has died, but Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief said during a morning news conference that two people died at the facility and three more died at nearby Memorial Regional Hospital.
Several residents from the center could be seen sitting on wheelchairs outside the nursing home next to the hospital.
An adjacent building, Larkin Community Hospital, was also being evacuated.
Local 10 News reporter Jenise Fernandez spoke to the man who has been trying to repair the AC. Airstron employee Dave Long said that a fuse needed to cool the AC unit popped out during Hurricane Irma and needs to be repaired. He said he's been calling Florida Power & Light for days to get it fixed.
"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."
Long described the ordeal as "frustrating."
Many of the patients were placed on stretchers and taken to Memorial Regional Hospital.
Local 10 News has contacted FPL for comment.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.