Kansas City area residents are finding shelter from the high heat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Recent heat deaths in Jackson and Wyandotte counties reveal the continued need for people suffering in the heat to find a shelter.

A 72-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man is the most recent suspected heat death.

He was found dead in his home by a relative on Sunday.  The victim's home did not have a working air conditioner or fan. There were three suspected heat related deaths last week, including a 2-year-old boy, a 60-year-old woman and a 68-year-old man.

Captain Charles Williams, of the Belfountain Salvation Army Community Center in Kansas City, Mo., said many of the neighboring homes do not have air conditioners or fans. He said many adults and children escape their hot homes by coming to the Community Center.

"When they come, we let them in the door and feed them and provide whatever help we can," Williams said.

The center also provides fans to qualifying residents. The Salvation Army Community Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., weekdays. 

When there is a heat alert, the Salvation Army calls some 800 senior citizens to make sure the seniors are safe and not suffering in the heat.

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