MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man froze to death in an abandoned building in the 3600 block of Jackson Avenue in Northeast Memphis on Tuesday morning.
The medical examiner confirms the man died of hypothermia. He has not been identified and is believed to be in his mid-40s.
Officers found him in the back of the building around 7:30 a.m. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.
People who work nearby tell us they've seen the man several times, but they didn't realize he was sleeping in the abandoned building.
"They said they found him over there froze to death," Bud Jones said. "That's pretty messed up. Sad way to die."
In these temperatures, hypothermia can occur in as little as 15 minutes. It can happen when your body temperature falls below 95 degrees.
That's one of the many reasons that the City of Memphis opened warming centers around town. The Union Mission and Salvation Army are also taking in men and woman in need of overnight shelter from the cold.
What happened this week is a stark reminder of just how dangerous cold weather can be.
"It's cold tonight. It's going to be 10 degrees and that's real cold," Robert Jackson. "I don't want anybody out here tonight"
Hypothermia symptoms include shivering and mental confusion. You can usually spot someone who may be suffering if they begin to take off their clothes in the cold.