Heat likely to blame for deaths of two St. Louis County men

Heat likely to blame for deaths of two St. Louis County men

Heat likely to blame for deaths of two St. Louis County men

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The Associated Press; KMOV

Posted on July 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 28 at 6:34 PM

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP/KMOV.com) -- The sweltering heat wave is being blamed in three more St. Louis-area deaths.

The city health department says a 75-year-old woman is the fifth person to die from the heat in St. Louis this year.  Her air conditioner was on but was blowing hot air in her home.  According to authorities, her family checked on her regularly.  She died on Sunday.

“This is a very dangerous time for many of our residents,” said City Health Director Pamela Walker. “Residents need to ensure their air conditioners are working correctly or seek refuge in an air-conditioned environment.”

Meanwhile, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that two men also found dead Sunday are likely victims of the heat.  A medical examiner's determination could come as early as Friday.

A 55-year-old man was found in his home in the Jennings area. He lived alone with no air conditioning.

A 46-year-old man was found in his home in the Normandy area. The home's air conditioner and a fan were not working.

The names of the victims were not released.

While these extremely hot temperatures can be dangerous for everyone, seniors are often more at risk because they do not adjust well to extreme temperature changes.

“This is an excellent time to be a good neighbor,” added Mayor Slay. “It’s especially important to make sure our more vulnerable residents – seniors, children, and pets – are  keeping cool.”

Residents who do not have an air conditioner or need assistance paying their energy bills should call the United Way at 1-800-427-4626 or 211 from a land line.  You may also call Cool-Down St. Louis at 314-241-7668 or visit their website

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