Broward County

Lauderdale Lakes Nursing Home Loses Power; Iguana May Be to Blame

A Lauderdale Lakes nursing home lost power after an iguana apparently made contact with an FPL power line, according to Broward County fire rescue officials.

The incident occurred Friday night at the Palms Care Center located at 3370 NW 47th Terrace.

A power pole caught fire and "caused a disruption of power to the facility," which knocked out air conditioning in some areas, the Broward County Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue and Emergency Services said. The iguana died.

Officials relocated up to 30 residents and the remaining residents were placed to areas within the location that still had power and air conditioning. Power was restored at about 11 p.m. Friday.

The nursing home, which is licensed to have about 120 beds, was required to have backup power for air conditioning by November 2017 but was granted an extension until June 2018 and then once again received an extension until January 2019.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are required to have evacuation and other backup plans in place for residents by keeping them protected from harsh conditions.

Statewide regulations on nursing homes and assisted living facilities were enacted after 12 deaths occurred when a nursing home lost power during Hurricane Irma in 2017.

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