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7 transported for heat symptoms; calls a bit more severe

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Updated: 6/30/2013 3:12 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- Seven people -- including a young person who was in a house without air conditioning -- have been taken to area hospitals so far today as the early summer heat wave continues.

The 911 center that handles calls for Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and Clark County reports there were 15 heat-related calls from midnight Saturday through 2 p.m. today. Of the 15 calls, seven people were taken to area hospital emergency rooms. The victims were mostly in the 30 to 50 age range.

"As expected, the calls that were received so far today appeared to be just a tad more serious than yesterday," Las Vegas Fire & Rescue spokesman Tim Szymanski wrote in a news release. :More heat exhaustion than dehydration and a few just short of heatstroke. As this heat spill continues, the seriousness of calls may rise. None today appeared to be life-threatening."

An elderly man died Saturday in a Las Vegas home that was not air conditioned, becoming the first fatality of the heat wave. Another man was last reported to be in serious condition after driving for a few hours after his car air conditioning failed.

Since the heavt wave began on Friday, 24 people have been transported to area hospitals and 78 heat-related calls have been handled by first responders. The total does not include the 204 people treated at a music festival Friday at the Silverton Hotel-Casino. Of those, 34 were taken to hospitals.



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