Rick Scott takes action against nursing home where eight died

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(CNN) During the first 20 days of August 2003, nearly 15,000 elderly French citizens died as a heat wave hovered over that country.

Earlier, Mr. Trump commended the "fantastic" job FEMA and Florida Gov. Rick Scott had done preparing and responding to the massive hurricane.

But Scott's office defended the governor's actions, saying the facility never reported "that conditions had become risky". Eight people are confirmed dead.

By that afternoon, five more had died. Scott also talked the agency and the Department of Children and Families to investigate the nursing home.

JON HAMILTON, BYLINE: Well, it was it was pretty grim.

Walking through mobile homes ravaged by Hurricane Irma in Naples, Fla., President Trump praised first responders and residents for doing an "incredible" job on rescue and recovery. "We're not done yet, we're going to work hard".

Retired nurse Flora Mitchell's 58-year-old sister Vanda Wilson has been as resident at Rehabilitation Center since suffering a stroke, which left her unable to speak or move, a decade ago.

The home said in a statement that the hurricane had knocked out a transformer that powered the AC. Nobody tells us nothing.

"We need to know what happened to her", she said. We did learn some things from a press conference held by police and government officials. It's unknown if that plan was filed and approved by local officials.

"We want to make sure we interview everybody and see what they did and what they didn't do to make a determination, was there any criminal elements here", said Hollywood Police Chief Tomas Sanchez. Facility's been w/o power for several days because of hurricane. There was no air conditioning.

Early Wednesday morning is when the residents of the facility started dying.

At the Hollywood nursing home, Jean Lindor, a kitchen worker, said through a Haitian Creole translator that the air conditioner had not been working since the storm and it had been hot inside.

A total of eight people died at the elderly home, prompting questions as to who was responsible for the deaths and how, exactly, the tragedy occurred.

Relatives who have family members in the facility have started to gather outside the two-story gray building that is situated among a cluster of medical facilities and hospitals.

SHAPIRO: Can you describe what it was like in there?

HAMILTON: Not a whole lot, but it does have a somewhat troubled history.

"It appears that there's a pending lawsuit alleging negligence". The reason for the auction: The previous owner was in prison for Medicare fraud. There's been a bankruptcy, a change of ownership. The facility's "overall rating", which includes staffing, fire safety and health inspections, was listed as "below average".

SHAPIRO: And I know you visit her every day.

HAMILTON: There are some pretty strong indications that it could have. About 2.6 million utility customers still were without power in the state Thursday morning, officials said. And it appears this facility didn't do that.

As for the other residents, the complaint says they were "eventually transferred to Memorial Hospital across the street with injuries associated with and/or caused by high temperatures and neglect". Its emergency room was open.

There are 683 nursing homes in Florida with more than 84,000 beds, as indicated by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which licenses and controls these offices.

SHAPIRO: That's NPR's Jon Hamilton speaking with us from Miami.