• Elderly couple found dead in South Carolina bedroom after home heater r

    From Walter Duerson@21:1/5 to All on Wed Jan 10 23:32:56 2024
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    Two elderly people in South Carolina were found dead in a bedroom during a wellness check last week, with police saying that the home's heater had
    reached 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit so hot the victims' bodies had exceeded
    106 degrees.

    In a police report obtained by CBS News, an officer said that he went to
    their residence on Jan. 6 to conduct a wellness check after their family
    had not heard from them in three days. Officers had to enter the home
    through the bedroom window, at which point the pair 84-year-old Joan Littlejohn and 82-year-old Glennwood Fowler were found dead in their
    bed. There were no signs of a struggle or foul play.

    The responding officer said they "noticed the residence was extremely hot"
    as soon as they entered. And when medics went to obtain the victims' body temperatures, he recorded each at over 106 degrees Fahrenheit the
    highest his device would register.

    According to Mayo Clinic, the average body temperature should range
    between 97 degrees and 99 degrees Fahrenheit. If the core body temperature surpasses 104 degrees, individuals "need immediate cooling and urgent
    medical attention."

    When the fire department arrived, they found that the interior temperature
    of the house was over 120 degrees after the residence had been open to
    the cold weather "for about 20 minutes," the police report says.

    "They then checked the basement of the residence where the heater and hot
    water heater were located," the police report states. "One firefighter
    stated the heater was so hot it looked as if the basement was currently on fire."

    After deactivating the heater, they found that the temperature of the
    heater measured at over 1,000 degrees.

    Spartanburg Coroner Rusty Clevenger said his office is "concerned with why
    the temperature was so high" in the house," but that no foul play was
    detected. Carbon dioxide levels in the house were not of concern, police
    said, and the coroner said that his office "will continue to investigate."

    Upon speaking to the victims' family, the responding officer learned that
    hot water heater and heater "both were out and the residence was getting
    too cold" the last day the family saw the pair. The family ended up
    "fiddling" with the hot water heater, and family members left the home.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/joan-littlejohn-glennwood-fowler-south- carolina-killed-heater-1000-degrees/

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