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Patient Dies In Power Outage At Bronx Nursing Home

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities say one person is dead after a power outage struck a nursing home and backup generators failed.

Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says 37 patients on ventilators were taken to hospitals from a nursing home after a power outage struck the Gun Hill section of the Bronx early Sunday.

"Residents in the nursing home who are on ventilators required immediate assistant from the EMS and FDNY personnel to ensure that they were manually ventilated," FDNY Deputy Chief Thomas Dunne said.

McGee says one patient who had a do-not-resuscitate order died.

The outage affected 4,300 customers in the Eastchester section thanks to a transformer explosion.

By 5:30 a.m., all power had been restored.

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