Hypothermia contributes to at least three deaths in Shelby Count - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hypothermia contributes to at least three deaths in Shelby County

A man was found dead in a building on Rayburn Street Thursday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) A man was found dead in a building on Rayburn Street Thursday. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

At least 18 people in Tennessee, including at least four in Shelby County, died this week as a result of the harsh temps, according to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Tennessee remains in a state of emergency due to the bitter cold temperatures, damage caused by the ice storm, and hazardous conditions on roadways.

On Thursday, a man's body was found in a vacant house in the 1600 block of Rayburn. Neighbors say homeless people use that building as shelter.

Another body was found Thursday morning in Whitehaven, near the intersection of February and Horn Lake roads.  This man was identified as 62-year-old Clenton Burton Saturday.

A homeless man, later identified as 45-year-old Jason Zetterholm, was found frozen to death inside a vacant building in northeast Memphis on Wednesday.  

"Cover your extremities. Wear a hat and gloves," said Heather Fortner with Shelby County Health Department. "Proper shoes to avoid frost bite on any extremities and watch for signs of hypothermia."

The warming centers in Shelby County will shut down Friday night at 7 p.m.

"They're allowing community centers to close at their regularly scheduled times tonight (Friday) so we won't have the warming centers overnight," explained Fortner. "But the warmer temperatures in general will help alleviate a lot of those threats."

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