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Deaths of 2 at Phoenix-area retirement community could be heat-related

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APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. — Officials were investigating the deaths of two people who were found in a room with a broken air conditioning unit on Friday as being heat-related.

The couple was found in a sweltering room at a retirement facility in Apache Junction.

The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office was investigating the deaths as heat related.

Department spokeswoman Navideh Forghani said deputies responding to a welfare check at the Palmas Del Sol East facility found the couple’s fans on the highest power.

Deputies could not turn on the air conditioning unit inside the home.

Phoenix topped out at 112 degrees Friday, the sixth day in an eight-day streak of temperatures exceeding 110 degrees.

Forghani said the victims’ names have not been released, and no additional information was available.

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