First Heat Related Death In McLean County

By WEEK Producer

June 9, 2011 Updated Jun 9, 2011 at 8:07 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.-- The extreme heat that has blanketed Central Illinois in the past few days has resulted in the area's first heat-related death of the year.

At approximately 4:00 pm Wednesday the McLean County Coroner's Office responded to a call of a deceased 59 year-old female in a residence in the 800 block of West Monroe in Bloomington.

Upon arrival, the temperature inside the residence was over 100 degrees and all windows and doors were shut.

An autopsy listed cause of death as underlying medical conditions compounded by the extreme heat. There were no signs of trauma.

The Coroner's Office reminds residents that if you are aware of persons who do not have air conditioning to please check on them at least twice a day during periods of extreme heat and urge them to take advantage of free cool places like shopping malls and local libraries.

For a list of locations with free Air Conditioning call PATH's 2-1-1 information line or it's crisis line at 309-827-4005.

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