One person dead from possible heat-related illness
Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to two serious heat-related calls Saturday afternoon.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to two serious heat-related calls Saturday afternoon.
One person has died and another was in serious condition; both are elderly men.
One man was driving in a vehicle, on a long trip, when his air conditioner went out for several hours. He started to feel ill and stopped to call 911.
Paramedics said he was suffering from heat stroke and was taken to the hospital.
Paramedics also responded to a residence, which had no air conditioning, for a person in cardiac arrest.
When they arrived, they found a man deceased. He did have medical issues, but they also felt it was aggravated by the heat. The Clark County Coroner will have to make an official determination.
Both incidents were in the City of Las Vegas.
Before these two incidents, there were 11 separate heat-related calls into 911. All were adults, ranging in age from 20 to 50.
Three were taken to the hospital and the injuries appeared to be non-life threatening.
"A lot of people coming in, they're feeling light-headed, they're dizzy, they're passing out, nausea, vomiting, whole spectrum of symptoms," said Dr. Deirdre O'Reilly with Valley Hospitals.
Emergency officials are expecting to see the number of people hospitalized to increase. They said with the heat lasting over this prolonged period of time, it can cause serious implications for people with health problems.