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UPDATE: Rock County woman who died from heat is identified


LIMA, Wis. (AP) -- An 83-year-old Lima woman whose death is related to the heat had an underlying heart condition.

The coroner's office reported Friday that Margaret Jurgans died after she sustained a "heat-related injury." Her home was 95 degrees with no air circulating or an air conditioning. She also had a broken refrigerator.

According to the coroner, Jurgans died from an underlying heart condition that made her more susceptible to the effects of extreme hot weather.

The Janesville Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/M988Fi ) the coroner officials believe heat was a "major factor" in her death.

It's the third death in three weeks in which extreme heat was an "exacerbating factor."

Jurgans' elderly sister, who also lives at the residence, found Jurgans late Thursday morning and contacted emergency officials.

The coroner's office in Rock County says the death of an 83-year-old woman was heat-related.

The Janesville Gazette reports that the coroner was called Thursday to the residence where the woman was found dead. Few details were available, including the woman's identity, but Deputy Coroner Lou Smit tells the newspaper the death was "definitely heat-related."

Smit says it was 95 degrees in the residence, and says the condition of the victim made it clear extreme heat caused her death.

Temperatures have reached and even passed 100 degrees in much of Wisconsin the last several days.


Information from: The Janesville Gazette, http://www.gazetteextra.com

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