Six people are dead and dozens have been sent to the emergency room after a nursing home in Florida failed to fix its air conditioning system during a prolonged power outage in the wake of Hurricane Irma.

The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills evacuated more 115 residents Wednesday morning when a transformer powering the facility’s air conditioning system experienced a failure as a result of the storm. Temperatures had reached as high as 90 degrees in Hollywood Hills this week, and residents at the facility faced dehydration, heat exhaustion and serious respiratory conditions, according to The New York Times.

The Agency for Health Care Administration and the Department of Children and Families have now launched investigations into the facility, and one relative of a longtime resident of the nursing home says she hopes the owners are stopped from ever allowing this to happen again.

“They have to get punished for what they’ve done,” Flora Mitchell, 61, of Dania, Florida, tells PEOPLE. “God is not going to allow them to get away with this—six lives are gone for nothing!”

Vonda Wilson, Mitchell’s sister, has lived at the facility for 10 years after experiencing a severe stroke that left her unable to walk …read more


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