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On Thursday, detectives were at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills after receiving a search warrant to investigate the eight patients' deaths, which police believed were heat-related. No arrests have been made in the case, police in the city north of Miami say.

Randy Katz, medical director of emergency services at the nearby Memorial Regional Hospital, said that when hospital officials heard about the situation, "we mobilized at least 50 to 100 of our employees that left the hospital, ran down the street, pulled all of these patients out of the facility and made sure they got to a safe place".

Police said that three people were dead when officers arrived at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in Hollywood Fla., and that five others died later.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who said in a statement that he was "heartbroken" to learn of the deaths and planned to "aggressively demand answers", said he directed the AHCA and DCF to work with law enforcement on an investigation.

Earlier, he hailed his own administration's performance as well as that of state and local officials.

Trump's comments Thursday go against the hyperbolic language he used in the lead-up and aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The center showed deficiencies in maintaining fire and safety standards pertaining to exits and storage areas, as well as more serious problems with its generator maintenance and testing, according to February 2016 reports by Florida Agency for Health Care Administration inspectors.

But the most shocking thing about Irma may be what it didn't do: kill in large numbers. Staff also "continually checked on residents' well-being" to ensure they were "hydrated and as comfortable as possible", Carballo said.

"Hurricane Irma is of epic proportion, perhaps bigger than we have ever seen", Trump said on Twitter last week.

"The thing that hits them first is dehydration and then their temperature increases and then respiratory issues kick in", Broward County Commissioner Nan Rich said. "They were wonderful people".

"The suspicion is that these deaths should not have occurred", NPR's Jon Hamilton reported from the scene Wednesday. Miami's Mike Carvelli, whose mother is at the facility, said his brother was there earlier this week and found it "a little warm, but not uncomfortable" and there were portable air conditioning units in use.

Some 3.1 million homes and businesses, representing close to one-third of the state's population, were without power on Thursday. The Center also had seven days of food, water, ice and other supplies, including gas for the generator.

He said he learned of his mother's death not from the facility, but from a reporter who got his name and contact info from a nursing home employee.

3 a.m. Wednesday: Someone called 911 for a patient suffering cardiac arrest.

Four more patients died at or en route to hospital and a fifth was later identified as having died the night before, officials said.

In 1997, before Michel owned Larkin, federal prosecutors say he was part of a kickback scheme that involved paying doctors for referrals and admission to Larkin Community Hospital. In 2006, the U.S. Justice Department fined Larkin and its owners $15.4 million in a settlement of a civil fraud complaint.



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