UPDATE: Air conditioning back on at St. Louis senior complex

Monday, June 21, 2010 | 8:03 p.m. CDT; updated 9:56 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 21, 2010

ST. LOUIS — Air conditioning has been restored to a 12-story apartment building in St. Louis occupied mostly by elderly and disabled residents.

The air conditioning at the Cochran Towers complex broke down June 15, just as the hottest weather so far this year was settling in.

The building is owned by the St. Louis Housing Authority. Agency director Cheryl Lovell told TV station KTVI the air conditioning was restored Monday afternoon when a replacement for a broken part arrived.

Several residents had fallen ill, including three who were taken to hospitals, as temperatures in some rooms approached 100 degrees in recent days.

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