SAN FRANCISCO — A triple-digit heat wave that scorched the San Francisco Bay Area last weekend may have led to the deaths of at least six elderly people.
San Mateo County Coroner Robert Foucrault said Thursday that three people died from shock due to heat stroke in a region where temperatures soared over the 100 degree mark. They were ages 95, 90 and 79, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/2f86lrr ).
Late Wednesday, the San Francisco medical examiner’s office confirmed three other deaths that were probably related to the excessive heat.
All three San Francisco victims lived alone and died at home, the medical examiner said. Emergency call records showed that none of them had called for medical help before their bodies were discovered.
A 79-year-old woman, who lived at an assisted living facility, was taken to a hospital after medical professionals there determined on Saturday that she was suffering from heat-related symptoms.
The two men lived at homes without air conditioning.
Temperatures in the famously foggy city hit 106 degrees on Sept. 1, the highest ever recorded in San Francisco. Some meteorologists ranked it among California’s worst heat waves ever, given the margin by which heat records were broken and the extent of heat records across the state.
Several San Francisco supervisors criticized the city for not doing enough when meteorologists predicted two days of blistering heat. They have called for a hearing.