MCSO: 2 apparent heat-related deaths in Fountain Hills


PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials say they’re investigating the apparent heat-related deaths of two people in Fountain Hills, about 30 miles northeast of Phoenix.

They announced Monday that deputies were called out to investigate and found two elderly persons dead in a home where air conditioners weren’t working.

Sheriff’s officials didn’t immediately release the couple’s name or ages.

Last week, County Department of Public Health officials said they were investigating the heat as a possible factor in 12 deaths in metro Phoenix as temperatures soared to 119 degrees.

Other Arizona counties have reported at least four heat-related deaths since last week, including an elderly couple found dead in a Pinal County home with a broken air conditioning unit.

Maricopa County saw 130 heat-related deaths last year, up from 85 in 2015.

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