St. Louis death investigated as possibly heat related
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating an elderly man’s death in a non-air-conditioned St. Louis apartment as possibly heat-related.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that fire department spokesman Garon Mosby says the man was found Sunday afternoon inside the second-floor apartment. He says a woman also was removed from the apartment and taken to a hospital.
Mosby says there was a fan in the apartment but that it was “just circulating hot air.” He was it was “much hotter” inside the apartment than it was outside.
The call is among more than 200 for heat-related issues that the department has responded to in recent days as temperatures climbed into the 90s. Health officials say the elderly are especially at risk.
Symptoms of heat stroke include dizziness, nausea, rapid pulse and unconsciousness.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com