13 September 2017 5:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Six people died Wednesday morning when an air conditioning issue forced the evacuation of a Florida nursing home, People confirms.

Six patients at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills were pronounced dead as a result of the incident, according to a Hollywood, Florida, police statement obtained by People.

During a news conference Wednesday evening, Chief Tomas Sanchez confirmed the latest death toll to be eight victims. 158 patients were evacuated out of the facility and taken to area hospitals.

Authorities responded to a call for service at the location at around 4 a.m., police said.

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