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St. Louis (KSDK) -- Three people in the city of St. Louis died from the heat, according to the St. Louis Medical Examiner's Office.

An unnamed 74-year-old woman was found dead in her home in the 400 block of North 4th Street on June 30. Officials said she had working central air conditioning but was not using it.

Willie Hall, 80, died on the same day in his second-story bedroom in the 2000 block of East College. He had a window air conditioning unit, but was not using it,

Orena Brown, 83, was found dead in her living room in the 5900 block of Mimika on July 1. Her residence had a window unit, but the Medical Examiner's office said it was not cooling well.

"It is vitally important for all able-bodied residents to check on their elderly and disabled neighbors, friends, and family members," said St. Louis Health Director Pam Walker. "You must physically check to see if their air conditioners are both on and cooling. Making a simple home visit could save a life. All three of these individuals had access to air conditioners, but they weren't on, or weren't cooling. Occasionally, seniors' ability to fight off the heat - and their bodies' ability to recognize the severity of the heat - can be compromised."

Residents who do not have an air conditioner, or who need energy assistance, can contact Cool Down St. Louis at 314-241-7668 or the United Way at 211.