Severe heat to blame for four deaths in three days?Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX - Over the last several days a number of transients have been found dead and fire officials say the extreme heat may be to blame.
On Sunday morning a 46-year-old man was found here outside of a charity near 35th Avenue and Lower Buckeye Road. Police say he did not suffer any physical signs of trauma.
Early Monday morning a man in his 50s was also found dead at Margaret T. Hance Park in central Phoenix, a place where many transients get together. He also had no obvious signs that he had been harmed.
Hours later authorities discovered yet another body. This one was found near 30th Street and Fillmore.
Police say a resident at a nearby apartment complex found a man unconscious behind the dumpster. He may have been staying there. Police on scene say he possibly died from heat exposure.
Tony Mure, with the Phoenix Fire Department, tells 3TV the deaths will likely continue. “We do because of these extreme weather conditions, when it's very cold out or very very hot like right now in the month of July.
Mure says homeless people are not the only ones they are worried about in this extreme heat. He explains, “Dealing with elderly people or people with severe medical conditions, maybe you have a very bad heart, you have respiratory or any problems or maybe a severe diabetic.”
In all these cases, the medical examiner still has to determine the exact cause of death of the people.
Mure suggests that if you are going to be outside and plan to be active, you need to be drinking about 32 ounces of water every hour.