Scorching temps connect to 3 deaths in Dallas

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office says triple-digit temperatures have led to the death of an 84-year-old Mesquite man and contributed to the deaths of two others.

The medical examiner's office says 84-year-old Harold Ulrick died on Tuesday of hyperthermia caused by extreme heat. A neighbor found his body in the driveway of his home. The body of his 95-year-old wife, Alma, was also found on the bathroom floor but officials say her death was due to heart failure.

Neighbors say the couple had only a window air conditioner to cool their home.

The medical examiner's office said Tuesday heat played a role in the deaths of two other people - 49-year-old Ronald Gibson and 82-year-old Billie Jean Emmons.

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