Broward County officials said three died at the property on 1200 N. 35th Ave., which includes the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills and the Larkin Community Hospital. "We believe at this time they may be related to the loss of power in the storm".
Police said they have opened a probe into possible criminal negligence.
Exactly how the deaths happened was under investigation, with Sanchez saying authorities have not ruled anything out, including carbon monoxide poisoning from generators.
"What a price to pay", Johnson said of the eight people who died.
Police officers have been assigned to check the other 42 assisted living facilities in the area "as a precautionary measure", Sanchez added.
Power outages continue to plague the state, with 4.4 million customers still without power as of Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Division of Emergency Management.
Otherwise, he said he never experienced problems with the staff in the eight years his mother, Gail Nova, lived there.
Johnson, 83, said her friend was one those in the hallway.
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"People are telling me different things", she said Wednesday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to this post, republished with permission. The storm only knocked out power to the air conditioning system.
Firefighters discovered two people dead inside the house, FOX35 Orlando reported. The patients were transported to nearby hospitals.
The nursing home has had a list of safety violations and citations, including two for not following generator regulations in 2014 and 2016. The Greater Miami Jewish Federation encouraged people to evacuate before the storm if they could, but now the group has shifted its focus to checking on them and bringing supplies to their homes, said CEO Jacob Solomon. A portable generator was still running inside their home.
Statewide, 64 nursing homes were still waiting for full power Thursday, according to the Florida Health Care Association.
The facility sad, "It's important to note that through Monday, the building was still cool and the spot coolers were in place maintaining required temperatures". Florida Light and Power has been called for several days to fix the issue, but crews have not yet been able to come to the home. At least 37 others were killed while the storm ravaged the Caribbean.
On his visit to Anguilla, Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said: "There are things we are going to have to do in the long term to make this island more economically self-sufficient and even more resilient, and we will certainly be thinking about that". Hollywood Fire Chief Christopher Pratt said it was "more than likely" that heat played a factor in the residents' conditions. Utility companies are working to restore power to the battered Keys.
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