St. Louis seniors sickened by lack of air conditioning

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 4:01 p.m. CDT; updated 5:11 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Several residents of a 12-story senior complex in St. Louis have become sick after the building lost air conditioning.

Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Cochran Towers complex air conditioning first broke down Tuesday, then again Wednesday. High temperatures have been in the 90s since then.

Jenkerson was upset that the department wasn't notified until Sunday.

Firefighters set up two air conditioning units in the lobby and checked on the 125 residents. The temperature in some rooms approached 100 degrees.

Three residents were hospitalized, and 25 others were treated.

The St. Louis Housing Authority owns the complex and contracts with Eastlake Management. A Housing Authority official says the air conditioning should be fixed soon.

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