Downtown Deaths May Be Heat Related

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 25, 2006

This comes as police Tuesday found three people in Downtown Sacramento who may have died from heat stroke. Sergeant Terrell Marshall says the cases are still under investigation. 

"We discovered three elderly individuals who apparently died this morning and it appears that possibly they died as a result of heat exposure but at this point the coroner has not made that determination yet." 

The bodies were discovered at two different single-room occupancy hotels downtown. Police and firefighters spent much of the day talking with hotel residents and managers about staying safe during consecutive days of hot weather.

And the city is keeping public pools and air-conditioned community centers open longer to help residents cool down when temperatures go over 101 degrees.