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Coroner: Peoria Woman's Death Was Heat-Related

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A Peoria woman died Sunday due to the extreme heat, coupled with a lack of air conditioning.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said 61-year-old Julia Morgan was pronounced dead at her West Howett Street home after the heat exacerbated her chronic medical conditions. 

A man also in the home was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center for treatment of a suspected heat-related illness. His condition is unknown. 

Harwood says the home was 97 degrees inside. A window air conditioning unit was running on the living room floor, but not producing any cool air. Harwood said the couple was unable to lift the unit into the window.

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Tim Shelley is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.