MCSO: 2 apparent heat-related deaths in Fountain Hills

Posted at 8:25 PM, Jul 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-03 23:25:31-04

Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say they're investigating the apparent heat-related deaths of two people in Fountain Hills.

They announced Monday that deputies were called out to investigate and found two elderly persons dead in a home where air conditioners weren't working.

Sheriff's officials didn't immediately release the couple's name or ages. 

Last week, County Department of Public Health officials said they were investigating the heatas a possible factor in 12 deathsin metro Phoenix as temperatures soared to 119 degrees.

Other Arizona counties have reported at least four heat-related deaths since last week, including an elderly couple found dead in a Pinal County home with a broken air conditioning unit.

Maricopa County saw 130 heat-related deaths last year, up from 85 in 2015.