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CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – St. Louis County now has its first official heat-related death. A 72-year-old Northwoods woman – whose home air conditioners were not working — is the first confirmed heat death in St. Louis County this summer.

The Medical Examiner’s office reported the temperature in the victim’s home in the 7100 block of Winchester Avenue was measured at 97.4 degrees and her body temperature was 106 when she was discovered on Friday.

The victim’s name has not been released.

That’s in addition to three earlier heat deaths in St. Louis City.

A spokesman says 162 patients have been treated for heat-related symptoms in the county since June 28, including 30 who have been hospitalized.
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Madison County Woman Found Dead in Heated Home

TROY, Ill. (KMOX) – Over the weekend an Troy, Illinois, woman was found dead apparently of heat stroke. Authorities believe the 88 year-old woman may have inadvertently turned on the heat in her home.

The Madison County Chief Deputy Coroner Roger Smith pronounced Dorothy Scott dead Sunday evening.

Smith says family members found Scott after they got an answering machine message from her indicating she was ill.

The coroner’s office says it was about 90 degrees inside Scott’s home. The air conditioner was working but the thermostat had been switched from “cool” to “heat.”

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