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February 16, 2019

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Officials say heat plays role in man’s death; second man falls ill while driving

One man died and another was seriously ill on Saturday because of the extreme heat in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Fire and Rescue responded to serious heat-related calls about 2:30 p.m. Paramedics found an elderly man dead inside his residence, which did not have air conditioning, spokesman Tim Szymanski said. He did have other medical issues, but paramedics felt his condition was aggravated by the heat, Szymanski said.

Another elderly man suffered heatstroke while driving on a long road trip. He had been driving without his air conditioner, which broke a few hours prior, when he began to feel ill, Szymanski said. He was taken to a hospital, where he was very ill, Szymanski said.

As of 2:30 p.m., Las Vegas Fire and Rescue had responded to 11 heat-related calls and taken three people to the hospital. They didn't appear to be life-threatening, Szymanski said.

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