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Three new heat-related deaths reported in Shelby County

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Three heat-related deaths were reported by the Shelby County Medical Examiner Monday, bringing the county's total this year to four.

According to Dr. Karen Chancellor, a 53-year-old African American male was found inside of his Midtown Memphis residence on  June 25 at 5 p.m. Although fans were running, the indoor temperature was more than 100 degrees. He was last seen alive by his employer at 7 p.m. on June 24.

Then, a 75-year-old African American female was found inside of her residence in Southwest Memphis on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m. by a relative. There was an air-conditioning unit in the residence, but it was not turned on. The indoor temperature was 94 degrees. She was last heard from on June 25.

Finally, a 62-year old African American male was found inside his Frayser home by a neighbor on June 27 at 9:10 p.m. A small fan was operating, but the indoor temperature was 95 degrees. He was last seen alive by a neighbor at 1:30 p.m. that day.

Dr. Helen Morrow of the Memphis-Shelby County Health Department said a cooling fan does not good if it's just blowing hot air.  You must open a window in order to get some ventilation.

Morrow also recommends plenty of water.

"Just plain water is one of the best things to re-hydrate with, or to prevent dehyrdration," Morrow said.

The first heat-related death of the year was that of a 76-year-old woman on June 20th.  That woman was found inside her home, which did not have an air conditioner.

Temperatures hovered near 100 degrees much of last week.  The city of Memphis has opened cooling centers around the city to help citizens cope with the heat.

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