14th death from Florida nursing home hurricane blackout

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 file photo, Janice Connelly of Hollywood, sets up a makeshift memorial in memory of the senior citizens who died in the heat at The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, Fla. Multiple people died and patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs. Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame. (Carline Jean /South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) – Another woman who lived at a Florida nursing home that lost air conditioning during Hurricane Irma has died, bringing to 14 the number of fatalities linked to the home.

Hollywood police spokeswoman Miranda Grossman told The Associated Press on Monday that 95-year-old Francesca Andrade has died from ailments suffered when the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills lost power Sept. 10 during the hurricane’s passage.

Hours earlier, Grossman had reported the 13th fatality, identifying her as 90-year-old Cecilia Franco.

On Sept. 13, eight residents died and other residents were evacuated from the facility.

Grossman said police are treating Franco and Andrade’s deaths as part of the criminal investigation.

The Miami Herald reports Franco’s husband Miguel Antonio Franco, who also had lived at the home, died Sept. 13.

No one has been charged.

The state has suspended the home’s license. Last week, the facility laid off 245 workers.

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